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Tour of California cycling race to begin Sunday
Tour of California cycling race to begin Sunday

The ninth edition of the Amgen Tour of California will start Sunday in Sacramento. For eight days, 120 riders from 16 teams will race more than 720 miles, traveling through 12 host cities and ending in Thousand Oaks on May 18. The tour is the major cycling event in the United States and will feature such top riders as 2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish. Defending Tour of California champion Tejay van Garderen will not race this year to concentrate on preparations for the Tour de France. Riders will face the longest and most challenging stages, as well as the time trial, in the first three days of the race. The longest stage is 120 miles. ...

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