Amgen Tour of California Set to Race Through Bay Area

Despite a rocky start to this year’s Amgen Tour of California, the largest cycling event in the United States is scheduled to hit the Bay Area on Wednesday, with Stage 4 running from Livermore to San Jose.

The race, which was founded in 2005, was moved back to May last year so that it could visit the Sierras and some of the other higher altitude spots in California. But a late season snow storm and hazardous conditions caused Stage 1 in Lake Tahoe to be canceled and Stage 2 to be shortened, starting from Nevada City instead of Squaw Valley.

Tuesday’s third stage will take riders from Auburn to Modesto. Then, the group will head to Livermore to start Stage 4 on Wednesday.

The stage is scheduled to begin around 11:45 a.m. on Mines Road. The cyclists will then hit San Antonio Canyon Road before a climb to the Mount Hamilton Observatory. The stage will conclude in downtown San Jose.

The Amgen Tour of California will conclude on Sunday in Thousand Oaks, California.

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