Race officials announced specifics of the ninth annual Tour, which returns to Sacramento after skipping the capital city the past two years. The eight-day road race that attracts some of the world’s top cyclists begins May 11. It will cover more than 740 miles before finishing May 18 inThousand Oaks.
The second stage will be an individual time trialon a 12.6-mile course in Folsom, that city’s first appearance as a Tour host.
The Sacramento stage, the longest of the Tour, begins at the Capitol and runs north along the east bank of the Sacramento River before passing through Pleasant Grove and continuing through Lincoln and Auburn.
“It’s going to be a challenging course as you get past Auburn into El Dorado Hills and that area,” said Mike Sophia, director of the Sacramento Sports Commission. “You get some pretty good elevation changes for the first stage. It’ll be a good challenge to kick off the tour, but really great features and great highlights of the whole region.”
The opening stage is set to start at ...