Amgen Tour Of California Announces Host Cities For '13 Race, Start At Escondido
Amgen Tour of California yesterday announced that 12 cities have been named official host city partners for its ‘13 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. The official race start, Stage 1, will be May 12 and will begin and finish in Escondido. The eighth and final stage of the Tour will start in S.F. and finish on May 19 in Santa Rosa, which played host to the official race start last year. Amgen returns as the race title sponsor for the eighth consecutive year. Listed below are the city partners for the Tour (Amgen Tour of California).
AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA
|Santa Barbara to Avila Beach|
|Murrieta to Greater Palm Springs|| |
|San Jose (individual time trial)|
|Palmdale to Santa Clarita|| |
|Livermore to Mt. Diablo|
|Santa Clarita to Santa Barbara|| |
|S.F. to Santa Rosa|
SPINNING ITS WHEELS: CYCLING NEWS’ Laura Weislo reports the announcement was “delayed by several weeks compared with previous years, and this combined with reluctance by some host city applicants to put out the reported $100,000 required by organiser AEG to host a stage, and news that AEG itself was up for sale, led to doubts about the race's future.” But Amgen Tour Exec Dir & AEG Sports Senior VP Kristin Bachochin, whose company owns the race, “played down any worries about AEG and the stability of the event.” Bachochin said that the Tour had “more applicants than it could select to host the race.” Weislo writes, “Expect to see only 16 teams and 128 riders in the 2013 race, but the composition of the field in terms of WorldTour, Pro Continental and Continental teams is still to be determined” (CYCLINGNEWS.com, 11/28).