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2018 Tour of California: The overall podiums

2018 Tour of California: The overall podiums
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2006 Tour of California: Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) takes the first leader's jersey, presented by Arnold Schwarzenegger

2006 Tour of California: Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) takes the first leader's jersey, presented by Arnold Schwarzenegger
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2006 Tour of California: Surfs Up? Olaf Pollock won a surf board with his stage 7 victory in Redondo Beach

2006 Tour of California: Surfs Up? Olaf Pollock won a surf board with his stage 7 victory in Redondo Beach
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2006 Tour of California: The final podium - (L to R) Glen Chadwick (Navigators, most aggressive), Floyd Landis (Phonak, overall winner), Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner, mountains), Olaf Pollack (T-Mobile, sprints), and Tom Peterson (TIAA-CREF, best young rider).

2006 Tour of California: The final podium - (L to R) Glen Chadwick (Navigators, most aggressive), Floyd Landis (Phonak, overall winner), Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner, mountains), Olaf Pollack (T-Mobile, sprints), and Tom Peterson (TIAA-CREF, best young rider).
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2007 Tour of California - Discovery Channel lead the peloton for overall race leader Levi Leipheimer

2007 Tour of California - Discovery Channel lead the peloton for overall race leader Levi Leipheimer
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2007 Tour of California - George Hincapie (Discovery) and Dave Zabriskie (CSC)

2007 Tour of California - George Hincapie (Discovery) and Dave Zabriskie (CSC)
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2008 Tour of California: Stage 4 peloton races over Bixby Bridge

2008 Tour of California: Stage 4 peloton races over Bixby Bridge
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2008 Tour of California: Dominique Rollin (Toyota-United) wins a rain-soaked, seven-hour-long, coastal stage 4

2008 Tour of California: Dominique Rollin (Toyota-United) wins a rain-soaked, seven-hour-long, coastal stage 4
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2008 Tour of California: Bradley Wiggins (HighRoad) races the Solvang time trial

2008 Tour of California: Bradley Wiggins (HighRoad) races the Solvang time trial
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2008 Tour of California: Levi Leipheimer racing the time trial in Solvang

2008 Tour of California: Levi Leipheimer racing the time trial in Solvang
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2009 Tour of California: Fabian Cancellara beats Levi Leipheimer in the prologue

2009 Tour of California: Fabian Cancellara beats Levi Leipheimer in the prologue
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2009 Tour of California: Francisco Mancebo (Rock Racing) wins in Santa Rosa

2009 Tour of California: Francisco Mancebo (Rock Racing) wins in Santa Rosa
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2009 Tour of California: Rain and fog enshroud the Golden Gate Bridge as the peloton crosses

2009 Tour of California: Rain and fog enshroud the Golden Gate Bridge as the peloton crosses
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Emilia Fahlin (HighRoad) wins the 2009 Tour of California one-day women's race

Emilia Fahlin (HighRoad) wins the 2009 Tour of California one-day women's race
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2008 Tour of California: Andrew Messick presented the first Amgen Women's Tour of California race podium - Laura Van Gilder, Brooke Miller and Emilia Fahlin.

2008 Tour of California: Andrew Messick presented the first Amgen Women's Tour of California race podium - Laura Van Gilder, Brooke Miller and Emilia Fahlin.
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2010 Tour of California: Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) powers to a sprint win on the Amgen Tour of California's opening stage.

2010 Tour of California: Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) powers to a sprint win on the Amgen Tour of California's opening stage.
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Lance Armstrong at the 2010 Tour of California

Lance Armstrong at the 2010 Tour of California
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2010 Tour of California

2010 Tour of California
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2010 Tour of California: Californian dreamin': Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Doimo) nets his team back-to-back stage wins.

2010 Tour of California: Californian dreamin': Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Doimo) nets his team back-to-back stage wins.
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2010 Tour of California up to Big Bear

2010 Tour of California up to Big Bear
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17-year-old Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12) win the bunch sprint at 2010 Tour of California women's one-day race

17-year-old Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12) win the bunch sprint at 2010 Tour of California women's one-day race
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2011 Tour of California: RadioShack teammates Chris Horner and Levi Leipheimer win on Mt Baldy

2011 Tour of California: RadioShack teammates Chris Horner and Levi Leipheimer win on Mt Baldy
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2011 Tour of California

2011 Tour of California
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2011 Tour of California: Twins Ben and Andy Jacques-Maynes raced for Bissell Pro Cycling

2011 Tour of California: Twins Ben and Andy Jacques-Maynes raced for Bissell Pro Cycling
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Evelyn Stevens at the 2011 Tour of California one-day women's time trial

Evelyn Stevens at the 2011 Tour of California one-day women's time trial
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World Champion Emma Pooley at the 2011 Tour of California one-day women's time trial

World Champion Emma Pooley at the 2011 Tour of California one-day women's time trial
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Kristin Armstrong won the 2011 Tour of California one-day women's time trial

Kristin Armstrong won the 2011 Tour of California one-day women's time trial
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2012 Tour of California: Peter Sagan

2012 Tour of California: Peter Sagan
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2012 Tour of California along Highway 1

2012 Tour of California along Highway 1
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2012 Tour of California winner Robert Gesink (Rabobank)

2012 Tour of California winner Robert Gesink (Rabobank)
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Tejay van Garderen and his newborn child on the podium

Tejay van Garderen and his newborn child on the podium
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2013 Tour of California

2013 Tour of California
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2013 Tour of California

2013 Tour of California
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2014 Tour of California: Bradley WIggins (Team Sky)

2014 Tour of California: Bradley WIggins (Team Sky)
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2014 Tour of California: Races into Pasadena

2014 Tour of California: Races into Pasadena
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2014 Tour of California: Along the coastal Highway 1

2014 Tour of California: Along the coastal Highway 1
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2014 Tour of California Women's Race

2014 Tour of California Women's Race
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2014 Tour of California Women's Race: Carmen Small wins circuit race

2014 Tour of California Women's Race: Carmen Small wins circuit race
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2014 Tour of California Women's Race: Alison Powers wins overall

2014 Tour of California Women's Race: Alison Powers wins overall
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2015 Tour of California on the Pacific coast

2015 Tour of California on the Pacific coast
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2015 Tour of California mascot

2015 Tour of California mascot
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2015 Tour of California Women's Race - South Lake Tahoe

2015 Tour of California Women's Race - South Lake Tahoe
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Julian Alaphilippe 2015 Tour of California

Julian Alaphilippe 2015 Tour of California
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Peter Sagan wins 2015 Tour of California

Peter Sagan wins 2015 Tour of California
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2015 Tour of California Women's Race: Katie Hall wins in South Lake Tahoe

2015 Tour of California Women's Race: Katie Hall wins in South Lake Tahoe
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2015 Tour of California Women's Race: Leah Kirchmann wins circuit race

2015 Tour of California Women's Race: Leah Kirchmann wins circuit race
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Trixi Worrack wins 2015 Tour of California Women's Race

Trixi Worrack wins 2015 Tour of California Women's Race
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Julian Alaphilippe and Tom Boonen at the 2016 Tour of California

Julian Alaphilippe and Tom Boonen at the 2016 Tour of California
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Mark Cavendish at the 2016 Tour of California

Mark Cavendish at the 2016 Tour of California
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Julian Alaphilippe won the 2016 Tour of California

Julian Alaphilippe won the 2016 Tour of California
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Cow-crossing at the 2016 Tour of California

Cow-crossing at the 2016 Tour of California
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Rohan Dennis at the 2016 Tour of California

Rohan Dennis at the 2016 Tour of California
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2017 Tour of California - Evan Huffman (Rally)

2017 Tour of California - Evan Huffman (Rally)
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2017 Tour of California - Peter Sagan

2017 Tour of California - Peter Sagan
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2017 Tour of California to Pismo Beach

2017 Tour of California to Pismo Beach
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Megan Guarnier at the 2017 Tour of California Women's Race

Megan Guarnier at the 2017 Tour of California Women's Race
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Katie Hall stage 2 winner at the 2017 Tour of California Women's Race

Katie Hall stage 2 winner at the 2017 Tour of California Women's Race
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2017 Tour of California Women's Race

2017 Tour of California Women's Race
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Anna van der Breggen won the 2017 Tour of California Women's Race

Anna van der Breggen won the 2017 Tour of California Women's Race
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2018 Tour of California Women's Race - Kendall Ryan wins opening stage

2018 Tour of California Women's Race - Kendall Ryan wins opening stage
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2018 Tour of California Women's Race - Arlenis Sierra wins finale

2018 Tour of California Women's Race - Arlenis Sierra wins finale
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2018 Tour of California Women's Race - Katie Hall celebrates overall victory

2018 Tour of California Women's Race - Katie Hall celebrates overall victory
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2018 Tour of California Women's Race - Race by the orange groves

2018 Tour of California Women's Race - Race by the orange groves
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2018 Tour of California - Egan Bernal wins overall title

2018 Tour of California - Egan Bernal wins overall title
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2018 Tour of California - Toms Skujins wins at Laguna Seca

2018 Tour of California - Toms Skujins wins at Laguna Seca
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2018 Tour of California - Egan Bernal (Team Sky)

2018 Tour of California - Egan Bernal (Team Sky)
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2019 Tour of California overall winners: Anna van der Breggen and Tadej Pogacar

2019 Tour of California overall winners: Anna van der Breggen and Tadej Pogacar
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2019 Tour of California: Tadej Pogacar wins overall

2019 Tour of California: Tadej Pogacar wins overall
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2019 Tour of California

2019 Tour of California
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2019 Tour of California: Tadej Pogacar wins overall title

2019 Tour of California: Tadej Pogacar wins overall title
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2019 Tour of California Women's Race: Anna van der Breggen wins overall title

2019 Tour of California Women's Race: Anna van der Breggen wins overall title
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Organisers of the Tour of California, AEG, announced Tuesday that it will be putting its WorldTour men's and women's stage races on a hiatus for the 2020 season, which will leave the US without a top-tier event.

The Tour of California held its inaugural edition of the men’s stage race in 2006 and the first edition of a women’s one-day event in 2008. That year, the Amaury Sport Organisation [ASO] and Anschutz Entertainment Group [AEG], owners, respectively, of the Tour de France and the Tour of California, formed a multi-dimensional marketing partnership to grow and develop each other's events, a partnership that remained in place.

The men’s race has always been a prominent week-long event attracting many of the best riders in the world to compete in February before the race moved to a warmer May slot on the calendar. The women’s race started as a one-day criterium before adding a separate invitational time trial, and became a multi-day race in 2016. 

Both events joined the WorldTour ranks in 2016.

The Tour of California has often showcased the state's postcard-worthy coastal and mountain scenery. Everything from the iconic stretches of the Pacific Coast Highway to high mountain finishes at Mt Baldy, Lake Tahoe and Big Bear. 

The race has also crossed famous landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Bixby Bridge, time trialled through the quaint town of Solvang, and sprinted into places like Leguna Seca, the Rose Bowl Stadium and at the State Capitol in Sacramento.

Click through the gallery of images above that highlight key moments from the Tour of California men's race held between 2006 and 2019, and the Tour of California Women's Race held from 2008 to 2019.