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On the start line in California

After seven hard days of racing, the Amgen Tour of California began its final stage on Sunday. However instead of a deserved procession or flat criterium stage, the riders were faced with a testing course containing Mulholland Highway climb, which takes the peloton up 1,000 feet.

The course starts in The Oaks shopping mall and was full of fans waiting to see the stars come off the team buses one last time.

With just a handful of seconds separating the main challengers there was still everything to play for. Check out these images from the start line.

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