Tour of California to debut early 2006

At an official press conference at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. on Friday, March 25, an eight-day, 700-mile UCI-sanctioned stage race, to be known as the Tour of California, was unveiled. With a possible start date of February 2006, presenter and promoter AEG (Anschutz Entertainment Group) signalled a US$35 million commitment over the next five years, with the intention of making the race America's premier cycling event.

Hein Verbruggen, president of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), was in attendance, and said that although he did not yet know what UCI ranking the event would have, "it would be a good one" he told Cyclingnews.

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