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Stage 8 Post-Race Coverage


35 Big Photos from Stage 8veloimages
Full Official Stage 8 Results and Final General Classificationamgentourofcalifornia
Van Garderen wins Tour of Californiacyclingnews
Peter Sagan wins finale as Tejay van Garderen wins 2013 Amgen Tour of Californiavelonews
Leipheimer confirms: I'm retiredcyclingnews
Rogers on the right track with second overall in Californiacyclingnews
Hard yards pay off for van Garderen with California victorycyclingnews
35 Big Photos from Stage 8veloimages
May 18 update: A scenic, ceremonial final stage starting from San Francisco and heading north to Santa Rosa via the Pacific Coast. Key points along this lumpy stage include the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Hwy 1, Pt Reyes National Seashore, Bodega Bay and Occidental. Expect a sprint finish in Santa Rosa at the end of this 81 mile stage. Note the early start, live video and finish times. — Steve
See the race summary table (right) for the Stage 8 profile, map and timetable.

Stage 7 Post-Race Coverage


33 Big Photos from Stage 7veloimages
Full Official Stage 7 Results and General Classificationamgentourofcalifornia
Konig wins stage 7, van Garderen clinches Amgen Tour titlevelonews
NetApp's König climbs to stage seven victory, van Garderen stays strong in yellowvelonation
Konig king of Mt Diablocyclingnews
33 Big Photos from Stage 7veloimages

May 17 update: Stage 7 has a great 91 mile course taking in Patterson Pass, scenic Morgan Territory Rd and a summit finish on Mt. Diablo (photo above as viewed from the Berkeley Hills). Mt. Diablo (Mount of the Devil) from the south gate is 11.5 miles (18.29 km) averaging 5.8% with the last 150m kicking up to 16%. I've done this climb many times; it's both challenging and scenic where on a clear day, it has the best panoramic view of the San Francisco Bay area. — Steve
See the race summary table (right) for the Stage 7 profile, map and timetable.
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Stage 6 Post-Race Coverage


24 Big Photos from Stage 6veloimages/mikenorris
Full Official Stage 6 Results and General Classificationamgentourofcalifornia
Van Garderen wins stage 6 time trialvelonews
Stevens wins Amgen Tour women’s time trialvelonews
Jacques-Maynes proud of Jamis-Hagens Bermans Tour of California effortcyclingnews
Van Garderen crushes San Jose TTcyclingnews
24 Big Photos from Stage 6veloimages/mikenorris
May 17 update: From the course guide: The 2013 Amgen Tour of California will return to the original time trial course we used in 2006, with a wicked stinger at the end. This 20-mile course will feature a climb soon after the riders push off the starting ramp. As the racers navigate around beautiful lakes and golf courses, they will begin to prepare for the most difficult finish that any Amgen Tour of California time trial course has offered. As the riders make their final right hand turn on the route, they will come face-to-face with the climb up Metcalf Rd. to the finish. This is a 3 km climb that will see the riders gain nearly 1,000’ in elevation and will feature several pitches over a 10% grade.
See the race summary table (right) for the Stage 6 profile, map and timetable.
Stage 6 ITT Start Order and Times (PDT) — amgentourofcalifornia
Women’s time trial starts at 12:45 p.m.
Zabriskie taken to hospital after TT warmup crash, out of Tour of Californiavelonation

Stage 5 Post-Race Coverage


34 Big Photos from Stage 5veloimages
Full Official Stage 5 Results and General Classificationamgentourofcalifornia
Voigt wins Amgen Tour stage 5 with solo attackvelonews
Voigt launches late attack into Avila Beachcyclingnews
After Amgen Tour win, Voigt says it will take two riders to fill his spotvelonews
Van Garderen takes control in California, but can he keep it?velonews
  Tejay Van Garderen Post-Stage 5 (1:33) — bmcracing
  Thor Hushovd Post-Stage 5 talks about the split (0:37) — bmcracing
  Interview w/ BMC director John Lelangue Post-Stage 5 (2:09) — bmcracing
34 Big Photos from Stage 5veloimages
May 15 update: After a big climb out of Santa Barbara via the San Marcos Pass where a break should get a good gap, stage 5 gets progressively easier. Another sprint should be in store this time at Avila Beach, but it's a dodgy finish with two 90 degree bends in the final 500m. — Steve
See the race summary table (right) for the Stage 5 profile, map and timetable.

Stage 4 Post-Race Coverage


24 Big Photos from Stage 4 (more photos added)veloimages
Full Official Stage 4 Results and General Classificationamgentourofcalifornia
Farrar too fast in Santa Barbaracyclingnews
Farrar wins stage 4 of the 2013 Amgen Tour of Californiavelonews
Farrar leaves everyone behind in Santa Barbaravelonation
24 Big Photos from Stage 4 (more photos added)veloimages
May 14 update: A rolling stage out to the Pacific Ocean and what's expected to be a sprint finish on the flat run into Santa Barbara. — Steve
See the race summary table (right) for the Stage 4 profile, map and timetable.

Stage 3 Post-Race Coverage


28 Big Photos from Stage 3 (more photos added)veloimages
Full Official Stage 3 Results and General Classificationamgentourofcalifornia
Tour of California: Sagan sprints to Santa Clarita wincyclingnews
Sagan wins stage 3 of 2013 Amgen Tour of Californiavelonews
Sagan times it right in stage three sprintvelonation
Phil Gaimon Journal: At least there were no helicopters in this DNFvelonews
28 Big Photos from Stage 3 (more photos added)veloimages
May 13 update: After two hot stages and a long transfer to Palmdale, the race starts heading back to the coast. After another 100+ mile stage, there will be a gradual downhill finish in Santa Clarita, the third largest city in Los Angeles County. The course isn't as difficult and the temperatures will thankfully drop (well) below 100F for the first time. The day should end in a bunch sprint, but we'll see what a toll the heat has taken on the peloton. — Steve
See the race summary table (right) for the Stage 3 profile, map and timetable.

Stage 2 Post-Race Coverage


36 Big Photos from Stage 2 (more photos added)veloimages
Full Official Stage 2 Results and General Classificationamgentourofcalifornia
Acevedo powers to Palm Springs victorycyclingnews
Acevedo wins stage 2 of Amgen Tour of Californiavelonews
Tour of California shakes and bakes in searing Palm Springs heatcyclingnews
Notes from the Scrum: Hell on earth in Californiavelonews
Van Garderen believes he’s in the perfect position to win Tour of Californiavelonation
36 Big Photos from Stage 2 (more photos added)veloimages
May 12 update: Stage 2 heads inland from Murrieta to Palm Springs for the longest and what's forecasted to be the hottest stage of this year's race. There are two categorized climbs including the 1500 ft/ 450m finishing climb to the Palm Springs Tramway. Given the 124 mi / 194 km course length and the extreme heat expected, this could be the most decisive stage of this year's race. — Steve
Murrieta, Hemet prepare for Tour of Californiapress-enterprise
Amgen Bike Race to Pass Through the Coachella Valley (02:30)KMIR6
Valley gears up for 2013 Amgen Tour cyclists (1:46 English)kesq
See the race summary table (right) for the Stage 2 profile, map and timetable.

Stage 1 Post-Race Coverage


31 Big Photos from Stage 1 (more photos added)veloimages
Full Official Stage 1 Results and General Classificationamgentourofcalifornia
Westra delivers first-up win for Vacansoleil in Escondidocyclingnews
Lieuwe Westra opens 2013 Amgen Tour of California with a victoryvelonews
Yeah, but it’s a dry heat: Try telling that to the Amgen Tour pelotonvelonews
Tour of California Heats Upbicycling
Brutal heat proves challenging for Tour of California pelotoncyclingnews
2013 Amgen Tour Draws Massive Crowds in Escondidonbcsandiego
Tour of California: Westra foils the bunch sprint with stage one attackvelonation
31 Big Photos from Stage 1 (more photos added)veloimages
May 11 update: For the first time, the Tour of California will start from Southern California. The first 60 mi (95 km) of this stage is mountaineous, but after cresting Mt. Palomar at 5500m/1650ft, many of the sprinters will catch back on over the final 40 miles on the return to Escondido. This stage should see Peter Sagan collect his first win of this year's race after winning five stages last year. — Steve
See the race summary table (right) for the Stage 1 profile, map and timetable.
Amgen Tour of California starts Sunday in Escondidolatimes

2013 Tour of California Preview


May 11 update:
Rogers returns to Tour of Californiacyclingnews
Schleck not counting himself as favorite for Tour of Californiacyclingnews
Before it even starts, Ben King crashes out of 2013 Amgen Tour of Californiavelonews
Tyler Farrar working to get his sprint back up to speedvelonews
Tejay van Garderen says sport is still strong, fans can still believevelonews
2013 Amgen Tour of California Racers to Watchbicycling
Preview: Tour of California 2013cyclingnews
Garmin believes in Zabriskie for Tour of Californiacyclingnews

May 10 update:
Sagan looking for more success at the Amgen Tour of Californiacyclingnews
Course Preview: Amgen Tour serves up stiff course for 8th editionvelonews
Official Startlist w/ bib numberssteephill.tv
For van Garderen, the time to win California is nowvelonews
Gallery: 2013 Amgen Tour of California, pre-racevelonews

May 8 update:
Confirmed rosters for the 2013 Amgen Tour of Californiavelonews
Mancebo leads 5-hour Energy Team at Tour of Californiacyclingnews
Van Garderen and Gilbert head BMC Racing Team lineup for Tour of Californiavelonation

May 6 update:
Horner to miss Tour of California with knee painvelonews

May 2 update:
Exclusive: UCI reintroduce biological passport testing at Tour of Californiacyclingnews

April 17 update:
AEG optimistic about Tour of California futurecyclingnews
Schleck to return to California, relies on family for supportvelonews

April 4 update:
Horner expecting to peak for Tour of Californiacyclingnews

March 7 update:
16 Tour of California teams for 2013 editioncyclingnews

Race History with Past Winnerswikipedia

2013 Tour of California Route Details Announced

February 15 update:
Organizers say 2013 Amgen Tour of California is most competitive route yetvelonews

February 12 update:
New Roads, New Climbs For Tour Of Californiacyclingnews
Video and stage details: Tough Amgen Tour of California 2013 route revealedvelonation
2013 Amgen Tour will feature two uphill finishes and tough San Jose TTvelonews
See the race summary table (right) for the Stage maps and profiles

2013 Tour of California Host Cities Announced

November 27 update:
For the First Time Ever, Race will Travel from South to North, Starting in Escondido

LOS ANGELES (November 27, 2012) – Twelve cities have been named official Host City partners for the 2013 Amgen Tour of California by AEG, presenter of the race, helping to make up the route which will take riders on a South to North course for the first time in the eight-year race history. Considered America’s largest and most prestigious professional road cycling stage race, the eighth consecutive edition of the Amgen Tour of California will travel approximately 750 miles from May 12-19, 2013.

“Taking the Amgen Tour of California from South to North is something we always knew we wanted to do, and we are thrilled with the way things have come together for 2013,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the Amgen Tour of California and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “We think this will bring a whole new element to the competition for the elite cyclists who participate, not to mention some striking California scenery for our worldwide audience. California provides a variety of beautiful yet challenging terrain, helping us achieve our goal of creating a challenging route year after year while showcasing the very best this state has to offer.”

The official race start, Stage 1, will begin and finish in Escondido, a city located in northern San Diego that had previously hosted 2009’s spectacular overall finish. The next day, Stage 2 will take riders through the hot desert terrain from Murrieta to Greater Palm Springs, two cities making their race debut. For Stage 3, the race will return to Palmdale for a stage start and then travel approximately 100 miles west to the city of Santa Clarita. The city, which hosted the race in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011, will also serve as the start of Stage 4. From there, the cyclists will ride north toward the Pacific Coast and picturesque Santa Barbara, which last hosted the race in 2008, for the Stage 4 finish. "I'm very excited to hear about the new South - North route for the 2013 Amgen Tour of California,” said Chris Horner, 2011 Amgen Tour of California champion. “After growing up in San Diego, I love seeing the race back on the roads I've ridden for the past 25 years. Being welcomed by thousands of fans in Escondido in 2009 was a highlight of my career, and I'm sure the crowds will be even more amazing for the 2013 edition. The Amgen Tour of California is one of my favorite races of the year, and I'm already looking forward to battling it out on the California roads again this May!”

The race will remain in Santa Barbara for the start of Stage 5 of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California. Ocean views will provide the perfect backdrop for racers and spectators alike as the route heads north to Avila Beach for the Stage 5 finish. San Jose will play host to Stage 6 and the Individual Time Trial, marking the eighth consecutive year the race has visited the city. San Jose is the only city to participate in all eight editions of the race.

Stage 7 will start in Livermore and head to Mt. Diablo for an intense mountaintop finish. The eighth and final stage of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California will start in San Francisco and finish in Santa Rosa, which played host to the official race start last year.

Commenting on the 2013 route, Tejay van Garderen of the BMC Racing Team, who won the best young rider classification at this year’s Tour de France and placed fourth overall at the 2012 Amgen Tour of California said, “Santa Rosa had big crowds and a huge reception last year for the start, so it will be exciting to go back to the hometown of the BMC Racing Team. I also spent a little time last winter in Santa Barbara, so that should be a fun town to finish in as well. As an American cyclist, the Amgen Tour of California is always a priority for me and our team, and I am looking forward to racing in California again in 2013.”

“Each of the Host City partners announced today is unique in its own way and brings character to our race,” continued to Bachochin. “We are looking forward to another exciting year and another intense competition.” Amgen returns as the race title sponsor for the eighth consecutive year, continuing to leverage the event to raise awareness of the important resources available to people affected by cancer through its Breakaway from Cancer® initiative. (For more information, www.breakawayfromcancer.com)

“The Amgen Tour of California has provided a platform for us to extend the reach of Breakaway from Cancer, a collaboration between Amgen and four nonprofit organizations dedicated to empowering patients through education, resources, and hope,” said Bob Azelby, vice president and general manager, Amgen Oncology. “Given Amgen’s mission to serve patients, we look forward to honoring cancer survivors and their loved ones in the host communities as the race travels throughout California.” Carrying an elite distinction, the Amgen Tour of California is listed on the international professional cycling calendar (2. HC, meaning “beyond category”), awarding important, world-ranking points to the top finishers. The Amgen Tour of California continues to draw global attention as one of the most anticipated cycling events of the year – one that attracts Olympic medalists, World Champions and the top Tour de France competitors. “As an American pro cyclist and recent California transplant, I am extremely excited to see where the 2013 Amgen Tour of California route will run,” said Peter Stetina of Team Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda. “Being on an American team, Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda, with American sponsors, The Amgen Tour of California is one of the most important races of the year for us.”

The 12 Host City partners for the 2013 Amgen Tour of California include:
Stage 1: Sunday, May 12 – Escondido
Stage 2: Monday, May 13 – Murrieta to Greater Palm Springs
Stage 3: Tuesday, May 14 – Palmdale to Santa Clarita
Stage 4: Wednesday, May 15 – Santa Clarita to Santa Barbara
Stage 5: Thursday, May 16 – Santa Barbara to Avila Beach
Stage 6: Friday, May 17 – San Jose (Individual Time Trial)
Stage 7: Saturday, May 18 – Livermore to Mt. Diablo
Stage 8: Sunday, May 19 – San Francisco to Santa Rosa

November 27 update:
2013 Tour of California to peak on Mt. Diablocyclingnews
Leipheimer hoping to return to Tour of Californiacyclingnews
2013 Amgen Tour of California passes on Baldy, will climb Diablovelonews

Tour of California 2013 Route Map


2013 Official Route Mapamgentourofcalifornia

Live Video Streaming and TV Coverage


May 10 update: Below are the broadcasters for the 2013 Tour of California. Check back for more live links at race time. —
Steve


media source tv or internet comments/restrictions
   live video (english)
with a ticker, gps tracking and fan chat; free worldwide.
   live video (english)
    tv schedule (see comments)
North America: NBC Sports 2013 Tour of California Schedule
Stage 1 - 6 Live at 2 PM PT (5 PM ET), Stage 7 Delayed at 4 PM PT (7 PM ET), Stage 8 Live at 10 AM PT (1:00 PM ET)
   live videom (english)
   live videom (english)
  tv schedule (british)
  tv schedule (int'l/cet)
Europe; live tv coverage with english commentary in the evening in Europe. Stage 1 live at 11pm CET.
   live video (english)
  tv schedule
Australia only; SBS2 and online starting at 7 AM AEST
 live text updates text updates for every stage
live text updates ES
The Spanish website Biciciclismo will have race updates in Spanish
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short text updates from any and everyone
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