Amgen Tour of California 2009 Route Announcement (updated)

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Here's the route:

  • Stage 1 (Feb 14): Sacramento
  • Stage 2 (Feb 15): Davis - Santa Rosa
  • Stage 3 (Feb 16): Sausalito - Santa Cruz
  • Stage 4 (Feb 17): San Jose - Modesto
  • Stage 5 (Feb 18): Merced - Clovis
  • Stage 6 (Feb 19): Visalia - Paso Robles
  • Stage 7 (Feb 20): Solvang
  • Stage 8 (Feb 21): Santa Clarita
  • Stage 9 (Feb 22): Rancho Bernardo - Escondido

The big standouts:

  • 1 more stage, no more prologue
  • The race finally makes it to San Diego (County) with a finish in Escondido.
  • Sausalito - Santa Cruz! I'm excited to see the Cruzians get their stage finish, even if it means that Palo Alto lost the bid.
  • No more Big Sur route (Monterrey - SLO), perhaps due to last year's death march. Sausalito - Santa Cruz will probably provide some Pacific Coast Highway scenery to compensate
  • Most of the stage routes are brand new, though a couple (San Jose - Modesto, Davis - Santa Rosa) appear to be reversed routes from last year.
  • Modesto-Clovis could have some good mountain climbs in it. It will be the first time the ToC hits the Sierras.

And here's the press release

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