Gallery: Tour of California press conference

The eighth year of the Amgen Tour of California brings "one of the most, if not the most challenging courses to date", according to race organizer Kristin Bachochin of AEG, who opened the proceedings at the pre-race press conference in Escondido today. For the first time the race will start in Southern California and head north, and with that switch the race incorporates new areas, one of which is the desert town of Palm Springs, where the overall contenders will get their first major test.

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Laura Weislo
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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Managing Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. As former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks. Laura specialises in covering doping, anti-doping, UCI governance and performing data analysis.