Specific route details for Stage 3 of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California professional cycling race were revealed today by AEG, the presenter of the race, via a stage-specific video produced in a collaborative effort between Start Host City Auburn and Finish Host City Modesto.
“It’s always exciting to announce the route details for our race, but this year seems especially exciting given the diverse and challenging course that has been put together for the cyclists,” said Andrew Messick, president, AEG Sports, of the route announcements this week for the eight stages of the May 2011 race. “The 2011 Amgen Tour of California route will not only showcase the beautiful and unique landscape of California, including some of the state’s most scenic landmarks, but will provide some exciting new firsts for the race as well.”
With no KOMs, this will be one of the last stages for sprinters to showcase their speed at the finish. Auburn is known as the “Endurance Sports Capital of the World,” so it is only fitting that one of the fastest stages of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California begins here. At 120 miles, endurance will be a factor in Stage 3. After a neutral start section through Old Town Auburn, the race will go live and head south through Folsom. The next 100 miles will showcase some of the beautiful roads of central California as the race passes through “Gold Country.” The historic town of Ione (founded in 1849) will serve as the first Sprint location of Stage 3. Continuing south, the route will then pass by the shores of Lake Camanche. The second Sprint of Stage 3 will be in the “Cowboy Capital of the World,” Oakdale, and from there it will be a fast 17 miles to the start of two circuit laps in downtown Modesto, one of the favorite repeat cities of the Amgen Tour of California. It is surrounded by rich farmland and is one of the top farming areas in the U.S. Many of the cyclists feel Modesto has the best finishing circuits of the race, so look for an all-out battle to the end during Stage 3 on Tuesday, May 17.
Modesto has a history of exciting Amgen Tour of California finishes – a sprinters dream. Once inside the circuit route, tricky turns and narrow streets weed out the best of the best and riders need to stay alert as unfocused turns could be their demise. Two high-speed circuits of Downtown set the stage for a heart-pounding race to the finish line at the intersection of 12th and I Streets on May 17 – a place where both Thor Hushovd and Francesco Chicchi have had the honor of claiming victory as tens of thousands of cheered for them.
“We are delighted to be back in Modesto in 2011,” said Messick. “The racing is always great here and the organization and support we get from the community is always superb.”
"It's great to have the biggest cycling race in America in Modesto again this year," said Susan Dion, president, Stanislaus County Bicycle Club. "Modesto makes for an exciting sprint finish as hundreds of professional riders - big names in the sport of cycling - race to our finish line in Downtown. It's a 'win-win' where cycling and Modesto both get their day in the spotlight!"
Click here to view the Stage 3 route announcement video and to download the Stage 3 route map and profile.
For more information about the Amgen Tour of California and to view the rest of the stage videos as they are released, please visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.
About the Amgen Tour of California
The largest cycling event in America, the 2011 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, presented by AEG, that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course through the state from May 15-22.
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