Some of the details had already been leaked, but there are some important changes in the final route announcement:
- there is a prologue after all
- no mountain top finish after all -- the race will end in Escondido instead of atop Mt. Palomar
Short loop around the State Capitol
Short climb up Monticello Dam, past Lake Berryessa, up Howell Mountain Road in Napa Valley, and up Calistoga Road to cross over into Santa Rosa.
Golden Gate Bridge to Pacific Coast Highway, with climbs up Tunitas Creek and Bonny Doon before descending into Santa Cruz
Runs in reverse of past year's routes: starts with a climb up Sierra Road, then Patterson Pass, followed by a finish in Modesto.
Stage 4 spends the day in the Sierras, a first for the Tour of California
Longest stage features a lot of flat racing across the San Joaquin Valley before crossing into Paso Robles.
The tried and true Solvang TT course
Like last year's final stage, the riders will go from Santa Clarita up the towering Millcreek Summit, before descending towards finishing laps in Pasadena
Mt. Palomar: 4200 ft of climbing over 11.7 miles on the final day of the ToC