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Tour of California cyclists to ride through Delta, Sacramento, Folsom

Some of the world’s most accomplished cyclists will ride from downtown Sacramento to the Delta and back on May 22 in the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California, tour organizers announced Thursday.

In addition, the men’s and women’s time trials will be held along roads near Folsom Lake on May 20, while the first stage of the women’s tour will take place May 19 in South Lake Tahoe.

The exact 2016 tour route was announced Thursday. This year, the nearly 800-mile tour will progress south to north, beginning in San Diego and traveling through 10 additional host cities before a new champion is crowned in the state capital.

The 12.6-mile Folsom time trial, in which riders start individually against the clock, will start and end in the city’s historic district.

“We are very excited to host the final stage and overall finish of this year’s Amgen Tour of California,” Mike Sophia, director of the Sacramento Sports Commission, said in a written statement. “Not only will locals and tour-followers have the chance to watch what should be another exciting finish but the NBC broadcast of the eight-day race will feature Sacramento on a national and international level as the final stop of the tour.”

The men’s race runs May 15-22. In the final stage, riders will travel 93 miles, starting and finishing at the state Capitol. The course will travel along the Sacramento River through Delta towns that include Clarksburg, crossing the Tower Bridge twice before returning downtown.

The tour’s four-stage women’s race will run May 19-22 and feature an international field of women cyclists.

The route announcement, including a video with details of each of the eight stages, can be viewed on the Amgen Tour of California website. For information on how to get involved in this year’s tour, see the Sacramento Sports Commission website.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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