Stage 5: Seaside - Paso Robles - 217.4km

The fifth stage of the Amgen Tour of California was force to re-route after landslides blocked the original route along the coastal Highway 1. The new stage will begin in Seaside and conclude in Paso Robles according to the original plan, however, the race will take an inland route and cross several additional ascents along the way. The stage will include four California Travel and Tourism King of the Mountain (KOM) ascents along with two Herbal Life intermediate sprints.

The first KOM is located roughly 14kms into the stage on Laureles Grade. The peloton will descend into the Carmel Valley where the first sprint is located, approximately 25kms into the race. The next two KOMs will take place back-to-back on Carmel Valley Rd. at roughly 40kms and 48kms. A likely dwindled peloton will descent into Greenfield where the second intermediate sprint in located.

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Kirsten Frattini
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Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

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