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Gallery: Tour of California celebrates 10 years

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The California coastline has never disappointed as a beautiful backdrop

The California coastline has never disappointed as a beautiful backdrop
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A group sprints to the finish in the rain during stage 2 in 2010

A group sprints to the finish in the rain during stage 2 in 2010
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Lance Armstrong (RadioShack) looks dazed and bloodied after hitting the deck during the 2010 Tour of California

Lance Armstrong (RadioShack) looks dazed and bloodied after hitting the deck during the 2010 Tour of California
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Peter Sagan (Liquids) wins another stage in 2010

Peter Sagan (Liquids) wins another stage in 2010
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The race heads high into the San Bernardino mountains for stage 6 in 2010

The race heads high into the San Bernardino mountains for stage 6 in 2010
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Peter Sagan (Liquids) spent a lot of time on the podium in 2012

Peter Sagan (Liquids) spent a lot of time on the podium in 2012
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Sylvain Georges (AG2R La Mondiale) has to be helped after crossing the line after his solo win in Big Bear.

Sylvain Georges (AG2R La Mondiale) has to be helped after crossing the line after his solo win in Big Bear.
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Robert Gesink (Rabobank) took home the overall win for 2012

Robert Gesink (Rabobank) took home the overall win for 2012
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Robbie McEwen (Orica-GreenEdge) gets a special gift for his retirement in 2012

Robbie McEwen (Orica-GreenEdge) gets a special gift for his retirement in 2012
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110 degree temperatures made for a tough day of riding and working on the way to Palm Springs

110 degree temperatures made for a tough day of riding and working on the way to Palm Springs
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The James Dean memorial is just one of the iconic places the race has past over the years

The James Dean memorial is just one of the iconic places the race has past over the years
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The races passes through the wide open fields of the central valley

The races passes through the wide open fields of the central valley
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Fans race riders along the climb

Fans race riders along the climb
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The coastline is dotted with bridges for the peloton to cross

The coastline is dotted with bridges for the peloton to cross
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The peloton crosses the landmark Golden Gate Bridge

The peloton crosses the landmark Golden Gate Bridge
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High winds and a strong field make for an exciting day of racing

High winds and a strong field make for an exciting day of racing
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Big crowds see the riders off from Pismo Beach

Big crowds see the riders off from Pismo Beach
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A helicopter shot from the first year of the race

A helicopter shot from the first year of the race
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Riders cross the Bixby Bridge during the 2006 version of the race

Riders cross the Bixby Bridge during the 2006 version of the race
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Passing through one of the fishing communities which had never seen a bike race before

Passing through one of the fishing communities which had never seen a bike race before
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Horrible weather along the coast in 2008 made for one of the race’s most memorable stages

Horrible weather along the coast in 2008 made for one of the race’s most memorable stages
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Janier Acevedo (Jamis) is helped after winning in the blistering heat

Janier Acevedo (Jamis) is helped after winning in the blistering heat
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Jens Voigt (RadioShack) takes home a stage win in Avila Beach

Jens Voigt (RadioShack) takes home a stage win in Avila Beach
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Taylor Phinney (BMC) on the way to his win in Santa Barbara

Taylor Phinney (BMC) on the way to his win in Santa Barbara
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Mario Cipollini stages a comeback for the 2008 Amgen Tour of California

Mario Cipollini stages a comeback for the 2008 Amgen Tour of California
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Dominique Rollin (Toyota United) won one of the more miserable days of US stage racing during the 2008 edition

Dominique Rollin (Toyota United) won one of the more miserable days of US stage racing during the 2008 edition
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Michael Ball brought his Rock Racing team to compete in 2008

Michael Ball brought his Rock Racing team to compete in 2008
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Fans have never failed to be creative throughout the years

Fans have never failed to be creative throughout the years
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Lance Armstrong (Astana) raced in 2009 for his comeback for the Tour de France

Lance Armstrong (Astana) raced in 2009 for his comeback for the Tour de France
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A breakaway hits the bottom of Sierra Road in 2009

A breakaway hits the bottom of Sierra Road in 2009
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Fans went crazy over having Lance Armstrong back on the scene in 2009

Fans went crazy over having Lance Armstrong back on the scene in 2009
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Fans got to see the dangers of bike racing up close during the first stage in 2007

Fans got to see the dangers of bike racing up close during the first stage in 2007
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World Champion Paolo Bettini, race leader Levi Leipheimer and US National Champion George Hincapie line up for the start in 2007

World Champion Paolo Bettini, race leader Levi Leipheimer and US National Champion George Hincapie line up for the start in 2007
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JJ Haedo (CSC) takes the win in 2008 heading into Santa Rosa

JJ Haedo (CSC) takes the win in 2008 heading into Santa Rosa
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Chris Horner (RadioShack) heads to the line and the overall win of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California

Chris Horner (RadioShack) heads to the line and the overall win of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California
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Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins lead the group for the final stage in 2014

Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins lead the group for the final stage in 2014
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Bradley Wiggins (Sky) won the 2014 Amgen Tour of California

Bradley Wiggins (Sky) won the 2014 Amgen Tour of California
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Janier Acevedo (Jamis) proved he could take on the big names with his win in Palm Springs

Janier Acevedo (Jamis) proved he could take on the big names with his win in Palm Springs
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Rohan Dennis (Garmin) on the way to wining atop Mount Diablo

Rohan Dennis (Garmin) on the way to wining atop Mount Diablo
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Floyd Landis (Phonak) rides the TT with his unique style back in 2006

Floyd Landis (Phonak) rides the TT with his unique style back in 2006
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Chris Horner (Lotto) during the 2006 Amgen Tour of California

Chris Horner (Lotto) during the 2006 Amgen Tour of California
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A snowstorm in Tahoe made the first stage of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California a non-starter

A snowstorm in Tahoe made the first stage of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California a non-starter
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Chris Horner (RadioShack) put his stamp on the race when he dropped the rest of the field going up Sierra Road

Chris Horner (RadioShack) put his stamp on the race when he dropped the rest of the field going up Sierra Road
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Chris Horner (RadioShack) after his TT win

Chris Horner (RadioShack) after his TT win
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Ivan Basso (Discovery) puts pressure on the front of the race on a climb in 2007

Ivan Basso (Discovery) puts pressure on the front of the race on a climb in 2007
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2015 marks the tenth anniversary for America's biggest stage race, the Tour of California which debuted on the cycling calendar in February 2006. The race has since moved to May, from 2010, in an attempt to attract the biggest names in the sport. The first ever stage of the race was a prologue held in San Francisco and won by Levi Leipheimer who became the first rider to pull on the yellow leader's jersey but it was Floyd Landis claiming the overall victory.

Leipheimer would make the race his own though with three straight victories between 2007 and 2009 before Australian Michael Rogers became the first non-American rider to claim overall victory. As Leipheimer's strangle hold on the GC was ended, Peter Sagan became a new star of the race from 2010 when he won two stages at the race and the points classification. Sagan has won at least one stage in the race each year since with his 2012 feat of winning the first four stages of the race a definite highlight and holds the record of most stage wins with 13.

Chris Horner and Tejay van Garderen have provided two further overall wins for America at the race while in 2014, Bradley Wiggins became the first Tour de France champion and Briton to claim overall victory at the race and his name to the list of winners. Three time best young rider at the race, Robert Gesink was the first European winner in 2012 with his stage win on Mount Baldy setting up the victory and is the only former winner racing in 2015.

The race has also witnessed several notable wins from breakaways from the likes of Taylor Phinney (2014), Lieuwe Westra (2013) and Jens Voigt (2013) while the weather has made its impact felt on the race. The first stage of the 2011 edition of the race had to be cancelled due to heavy snow in Lake Tahoe but generally the race shows of the beauty of the California coastline and the Sierra Nevada under blue sunny skies.

Enjoy our retrospective gallery of the race but clicking through the photos above.