For the second year in a row, the Sacramento region has been shut out of the Amgen Tour of California, organizers announced today.
The eighth edition of the road cycling race next year will cover about 750 miles from May 12 to May 19. The 2013 route will travel from Southern California to Santa Rosa - the first time in the race has traveled from south to north.
"California provides a variety of beautiful yet challenging terrain, helping us achieve our goal of creating a challenging route year after year," said Kristin Bachochin, executive director Amgen Tour of California.
The stages of the tour:
Stage 1: May 12 Escondido
Stage 2: May 13 Murrieta to Greater Palm Springs.
Stage 3: May 14 Palmdale to Santa Clarita
Stage 4: May 15 Santa Clarita to Santa Barbara
Stage 5: May 16 Santa Barbara to Avila Beach
Stage 6: May 17 San Jose (individual time trial)
Stage 7: May 18 Livermore to Mt. Diablo
Stage 8: May 19 San Francisco to Santa Rosa
Sacramento was left off the route map in 2012 too. Until then, the event, which features some of the top bicyclists in the world, had included the area in five of its first six years of existence.
The loss of the race will hurt Sacramento's economy. Some 50,000 fans attended the race in 2011, generating an estimated $3.7 million in hotel and restaurant business.
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