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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 from May 15-22.
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2011 Stages





Stage 1 May 15 South Lake Tahoe - North Lake Tahoe 191 km  
Stage 2 May 16 North Lake Tahoe - Sacramento 214.4 km
Stage 3 May 17 Auburn - Modesto 196.2 km
Stage 4 May 18 Livermore - San Jose 131.6 km  
Stage 5 May 19 Seaside - Paso Robles 223.6 km  
Stage 6 May 20 Solvang (ITT) - Solvang 24 km
Stage 7 May 21 Claremont - Mt. Baldy 121.9 km  
Stage 8 May 22 Santa Clarita - Thousand Oaks 132.4 km

Previous Winners

2010 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC-Columbia    
2009 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana    
2008 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana    
2007 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Discovery Channel    
2006 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems


2011 Start List



  • Levi Leipheimer (USA)
  • Matthew Busche (USA)
  • Chris Horner (USA)
  • Markel Irizar (KAZ)
  • Jason McCartney (USA)
  • Dmtiriy Muravyev (KAZ)
  • Ben King (USA)
  • Haimar Zubeldia (ESP)


  • David Zabriskie (USA)
  • Thomas Danielson (USA)
  • Ryder Hesjedal (CAN)
  • Thor Hushovd (NOR)
  • Daniel Martin (IRE)
  • Andrew Talansky (USA)
  • Johan Van Summeren (BEL)
  • Christian Vandevelde (USA)


  • Tejay Van Garderen (USA)
  • Bernhard Eisel (AUT)
  • Matthew Goss (AUS)
  • Bert Grabsch (GER)
  • Leigh Howard (AUS)
  • Danny Pate (USA)
  • Martin Velits (SVK)
  • Peter Velits (SVK)


  • Kurt-Asle Arvesen (NOR)
  • Alex Dowsett (GBR)
  • Christopher Froome (GBR)
  • Mathew Hayman (AUS)
  • Greg Henderson (NZL)
  • Jeremy Hunt (GBR)
  • Ian Stannard (GBR)
  • Ben Swift (GBR)


  • George Hincapie (USA)
  • Yannick Eijssen (BEL)
  • Brent Bookwalter (USA)
  • Chris Butler (USA)
  • Jeff Louder (USA)
  • Steve Morabito (SUI)
  • Taylor Phinney (USA)
  • Tim Roe (AUS)


  • Andy Schleck (LUX)
  • Stefan Denifl (AUT)
  • Martin Mortensen (DEN)
  • Jakob Fuglsang (DEN)
  • Linus Gerdemann (GER)
  • Anders Lund (DEN)
  • Martin Pedersen (DEN)
  • Jens Voigt (GER)


  • Peter Sagan (SYK)
  • Damiano Caruso (ITA)
  • Timothy Duggan (USA)
  • Edward King (USA)
  • Daniel Oss (ITA)
  • Simone Ponzi (ITA)
  • Elia Viviani (ITA)
  • Cameron Wurf (AUS)


  • Gustav Larsson (SWE)
  • Baden Cooke (AUS)
  • Juan Jose Haedo (ARG)
  • Lucas Sebastian Haedo (ARG)
  • Rafal Majka (POL)
  • Nick Nuyens (BEL)
  • Jonas Aaen Jorgensen (DEN)
  • Brian Vandborg (DEN)


  • Oscar Freire (ESP)
  • Lars Boom (NED)
  • Coen Vermeltfoort (NED)
  • Paul Martens (GER)
  • Michael Matthews (AUS)
  • Grischa Niermann (GER)
  • Laurens Ten Dam (DEN)
  • Maarten Tjallingii (NED)


  • Rory Sutherland (AUS)
  • Robert Forster (GER)
  • Christopher Jones (USA)
  • Christian Meier (CAN)
  • Karl Menzies (AUS)
  • Andrew Pinfold (CAN)
  • Charles Wegelius (GBR)
  • Bradley White (USA)

11.) TEAM TYPE 1 - sanofi-aventis (USA)

  • Rubens Bertogliati (SUI)
  • Laszlo Bodrogi (FRA)
  • Daniele Callegarin (ITA)
  • Alexander Efimkin (RUS)
  • Aldo Ino Ilesic (SLO)
  • Valeriy Kobzarenko (UKR)
  • Jure Kocjan (SLO)
  • Javier Megias Leal (KAZ)


  • Jesus Del Nero Montes (SPA)
  • Jan Barta (CZE)
  • Timon Seubert (GER)
  • Andreas Dietziker (SUI)
  • Alexander Gottfried (GER)
  • Bartosz Huzarski (POL)
  • Leopold Konig (CZE)
  • Andreas Schillinger (GER)


  • Svein Tuft (CAN)
  • Ryan Anderson (CAN)
  • Zachary Bell (CAN)
  • Lucas Euser (USA)
  • Martin Gilbert (CAN)
  • Kevin Lacombe (CAN)
  • Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA)
  • Will Routley (CAN)


  • Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA)
  • Chris Baldwin (USA)
  • Rob Britton (CAN)
  • Andy Jacques-Maynes (USA)
  • Paul Mach (USA)
  • Frank Pipp (USA)
  • Jay Thomson (RSA)
  • Jeremy Vennell (NZL)


  • Luis Romero Amaran (CUB)
  • Alejandro Alberto Borrajo (ARG)
  • Anibal Andres Borraio (ARG)
  • James Driscoll (USA)
  • Tom Zirbel (USA)
  • Andy Guptill (USA)
  • Jose Fernando Antogna (ARG)
  • Tyler Wren (USA)


  • Bernard Van Ulden (USA)
  • Alex Hagman (USA)
  • Nic Hamlton (CAN)
  • Ken Hanson (USA)
  • Sergio Hernandez (USA)
  • Alastair Loutit (AUS)
  • Sean Mazich (USA)
  • Jeremy Powers (USA)


  • Andrew Bajadali (USA)
  • Jesse Anthony (USA)
  • Dan Bowman (USA)
  • Alexander Candelario (USA)
  • Michael Creed (USA)
  • Jason Donald (USA)
  • Michael Friedman (USA)
  • Reid Mumford (USA)


  • Benjamin Day (AUS)
  • Luca Damiani (ITA)
  • Phillip Gaimon (USA)
  • Chad Hartley (USA)
  • Roman Kilun (USA)
  • Shawn Milne (USA)
  • Jacob Rytlewski (USA)
  • James Stemper (USA)
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Pre-race News

Safety is Tour of California's top concern

With snow forecast for Sunday's first stage, and the tragic death of Belgian cyclist Wouter Weylandt still rocking the cycling world, Amgen Tour of California officials said safety would be their top priority.
Race director Jim Birrell said Friday a number of options were under consideration, including altering the opening 118.7-mile route from South Lake Tahoe to Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort if necessary.
Birrell said race officials would meet tonight and make a final decision Sunday before the 10:30 a.m. start.
"Safety is paramount," Birrell said. "We partner with CalTrans and CHP. ... We'll be able to inform (riders) of the road dangers that will be out there. We take (safety) to heart."

Chris Horner is ‘in exceptional form’ for Tour of California

Outspoken RadioShack rider Chris Horner believes he comes to the Amgen Tour of California with some of the best condition of his near 20-year career, and he predicts that either he or his teammate, Levi Leipheimer, will win this year’s race.
“I think I’m in exceptional form,” Horner said. “Depending on how the tactics play out, if it turns out that I have to work for Levi, and if our team can do solid work, I think we’ll go 1-2 on GC.”

Riders anticipate toughest Amgen yet

Some of professional cycling’s most heralded riders and race organizers, gathered for a press conference on Friday to preview the start of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California on Sunday.
Race director Jim Birrell said this would be the most difficult Tour of California yet.
“This is what I think will go down as the toughest rendition of the Amgen Tour of California,” Birrell said.
Between the highest start altitude to date and two mountaintop finishes, even some of the world’s best agree it will be a tough race. Three-time Amgen winner, Levi Leipheimer of Team Radio Shack has already ridden a new addition to the course this year, Mount Baldy.

Snow could spoil bike race's Tahoe leg

As the Amgen Tour of California prepared to come to Lake Tahoe for the first time in the professional cycling race's six-year history, the excitement was tempered by the prospect of a spring Sierra storm and the recent death of a racer in Italy.
The first of eight stages is set to start at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday in South Lake Tahoe. More than 140 riders are to travel clockwise around the lake, passing through Emerald Bay, Incline Village and back through South Lake Tahoe before making a left onto California 267 for the Northstar-at-Tahoe finish.

Amgen racers get ready, set … to roll into Modesto

Many of the world's top cyclists are clustered in the Lake Tahoe area today, awaiting what could be a cold and snowy first stage of the Amgen Tour of California on Sunday. It's the biggest road race in the United States and, for the fourth year in a row, Modesto will play a key part.
Tuesday's 121.9-mile third stage begins in Auburn and winds south through the foothills before descending into the valley. Riders will zoom through Oakdale, skirt Riverbank via country roads, sweep onto Scenic Drive from Claus Road in east Modesto and then sprint into downtown for a frantic 2½-lap finish.

Contingencies in place for Amgen Tour of California weather

The Amgen Tour of California moved to the month of May last year in order to allow the race to visit the higher altitudes and some of the state's most scenic locations, but an unusual late snowfall predicted for the weekend could force the race into contingency plans for Sunday's opening stage in Lake Tahoe.

Amgen Tour of California: Weather or not

Amgen Tour of California officials moved their race to May in 2010 with hopes of opening the breathtaking vistas of the Sierra to the cycling world, while avoiding the kind of trouble threatening Sunday's opening stage at Lake Tahoe.
After all, without the ability to chain up, those high-tech lightweight bicycles aren't likely to tread well through a snow globe type of scene.
Amgen officials said during a Friday press conference in South Lake Tahoe they're looking at a 90 percent chance of snow with accumulation of 3-5 inches Saturday night.

Schleck hopes for a strong performance at the Amgen Tour of California

Andy Schleck will not be Leopard Trek's overall contender at this week's Amgen Tour of California. However he does hope to win a stage and put up a strong performance. The Luxembourg native is using the eight-day race as his first block of preparation for the Tour de France in July.
"It's not a big secret if I tell you that my goal of the year is the Tour de France, which is still a long time from now," Schleck said. "But, I believe that if I can follow Levi [Leipheimer] on the climbs then I can do a nice race. I will take it as it comes."

Dangers fresh in cyclists' minds with Amgen Tour of California to begin Sunday

We've been accustomed to watching professional cyclists descend mountains as if they weren't traveling at 50 mph or more and as if they weren't protected by anything more than a helmet on their heads and a thin layer of Lycra on their bodies.
On Monday, a 26-year-old Belgian, Wouter Weylandt, was making a descent during the Giro d'Italia when he crashed and died.

Kocjan chases elusive season victory in California

Jure Kocjan (Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis) is looking to secure that elusive victory this season at this week's Amgen Tour of California. The Slovenian strong-man accomplished a series of podium finishes and top 10s overseas this spring and is hoping to kick it up a notch, eyeing a victory in stage one's kick-off around Lake Tahoe on Sunday and at the stage eight finale on May 22 in Thousand Oaks.

Course called toughest in event history

The consensus among riders ready to test the sixth annual Tour of California: This is the toughest course in the event's history.
The addition of two mountaintop finishes – one on Sierra Road in San Jose in Stage 4 and the other a climb up Mount Baldy to end Stage 7 – has caught cyclists' attention.
"This is the hardest condition for the Amgen Tour of California in the six years," said Levi Leipheimer, a three-time winner who has ridden in all five Amgen races.

Leopard Trek racing for Weylandt in California

The Amgen Tour of California marks the first race back for the Leopard Trek team after it left the Giro d'Italia following the tragic death of their teammate Wouter Weylandt.
Race organisers AEG announced today that there will be a moment of silence before the start of the first stage in South Lake Tahoe on Sunday, and the Leopard Trek riders will lead off the stage in honour of the Belgian's memory.

Sutherland says it's time to step up to the podium

UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling's Rory Sutherland is particularly keen to get going at this year's Amgen Tour of California. His schedule this afternoon in chock-a-block full of media interviews and the Australian just wants to get back on the bike and start racing. It could be said, that time is ticking.
Sutherland heads into the 2011 event with his best-ever result in 2010, seventh overall, following two 34th placings in 2009 and 2008 and a 13th for his 2007 debut. This year, it's a different ball game.

Leipheimer chasing 4th Tour of California title

Levi Leipheimer will have to fend off a strong international field of Tour de France contenders to win his fourth title in the Tour of California.
The 800-mile (1,287-kilometer) race is scheduled to start Sunday with a 118.7-mile (190-kilometer) loop around Lake Tahoe.
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STAGE 1 - South Lake Tahoe to North Lake Tahoe-Northstar at Tahoe Resort





Miles: 118.7   KM: 191.0 

Start: Sun, May 15: South Lake Tahoe 

Finish: North Lake Tahoe - Northstar at Tahoe Resort 

Start Time: 10:30am   Finish ETA: 3:12-3:36pm


Stage Profile


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Stage 1 News


Storm could change Amgen tour route, officials say

Whether stage one of the Amgen Tour of California will take place as planned will be a race time decision, according to officials with the tour.
A storm moving into the Lake Tahoe region Saturday night could make road conditions too dangerous for the dozens of professional cyclists expected to make one and a half laps of Lake Tahoe before finishing at Northstar-at-Tahoe Sunday.
On Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service was predicting a high of 40 with a 90 percent chance of snow Sunday. One to three inches of snow is expected at lake level. 

Phinney targets Solvang time trial in Amgen Tour of California

US National Time Trial Champion Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) is targeting the Amgen Tour of California's stage six 24km individual time trial held on Friday, May 20 in Solvang. The stage will be his last opportunity to test his legs against other American riders before attempting to defend his title at the up coming USA Cycling Pro Championships later this month.

George Hincapie: ‘They keep getting younger and stronger’

Hincapie, a former U.S. national road champion and one of the most respected riders in the peloton, joined up with Jim Ochowicz’s upstart American squad early in the signing period in 2009. Ochowicz said recently that Hincapie’s signing was the tipping point to attract riders like former world champion Cadel Evans and veteran workhorse Marcus Burghardt.
At 37, Hincapie is likely to close his career with the team that has ascended to the top tier of the sport. But that won’t come until after he makes an effort to tie the record for Tours de France ridden, at 16, held by Joop Zoetemelk, this July.

USADA out of Tour of California testing

All anti-doping testing at the Amgen Tour of California will be done by the International Cycling Union (UCI), with none to be done by the US Anti-Doping Agency.   An agreement between the two agencies to split the duties fell through at the last minute.
The Tour, which starts on Sunday in South Lake Tahoe, had announced in February that the USADA would, for the first time, conduct both the pre-competition and in-competition testing. 
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Great info!

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That it is ... especially for those of us who won't be there to experience it live.   eh Gman??    :very big grin:

Originally Posted by pearl-drum-man View Post

Great info!


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stage one snowed out? snowed out?  what's next?  shifting the start date to the second week of the tdf?

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Originally Posted by slovakguy View Post

stage one snowed out? snowed out?  what's next?  shifting the start date to the second week of the tdf?

What a bummer, but what can you do?  After watching the youtube video posted above it could have been a beautiful stage to watch to.  Maybe next year they can push it back a couple more weeks.  By the time June starts though I think most of the teams start their TDF focus.


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Originally Posted by slovakguy View Post

stage one snowed out? snowed out?  what's next?  shifting the start date to the second week of the tdf?

I always reckoned that moving it to May in order to "have access to the big climbs" was dumb - because it's always fecking snowing up in the hills as late as May. Heck, even in June for the last couple of years there's been snow flurries up in the Sierras around Tahoe. Even down in the Sacramento Valley there were more than just a couple of good sized thunder storms and bean sized hail yesterday.


They should have moved the event to coincide with the Vuelta or maybe just a few weeks before the worlds... Then they'd be guarenteed lots of sun - maybe too much actually - and access to the truely horrific climbs that the southern Sierras have than make Mt Baldy seem like a little piddler.


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Wouldnt it make sense when planning the stages that they schedule the stages that are subject to snow at the later stages. One week makes huge difference in the climate at least around here.

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For those of you in the UK and Ireland, ITV4 has live coverage of this race.

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STAGE 3 - Auburn to Modesto, May 17


Miles: 121.9   KM: 196.2 

Start: Tue, May 17: Auburn 

Finish: Modesto 

Start Time: 10:15am   Finish ETA: 3:07-3:31pm


Stage 3 Profile


Stage 3 map





Top 40 General classification before Stage 3

1 Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling 2:47:02  
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:04  
3 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad 0:00:06  
4 Keven Lacombe (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 0:00:10  
5 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard    
6 Alejandro Alberto Borrajo (Arg) Jamis - Sutter Home    
7 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
8 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team    
9 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team    
10 Shawn Milne (USA) Kenda/5-hour Energy Pro Cycling presented by Geargrinder    
11 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Sky Procycling    
12 Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth    
13 Robert Förster (Ger) Unitedhealthcare PrCycling    
14 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team    
15 Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Cycling    
16 Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack    
17 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp    
18 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek    
19 Tom Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
20 Ken Hanson (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda    
21 Leigh Howard (Aus) HTC-Highroad    
22 Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis    
23 Ben King (USA) Team RadioShack    
24 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack    
25 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team    
26 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
27 Peter Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad    
28 Anibal Andres Borrajo (Arg) Jamis - Sutter Home    
29 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team    
30 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
31 Baden Cooke (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard    
32 Andrew Talansky (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
33 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
34 Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Cycling    
35 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky Procycling    
36 Danny Pate (USA) HTC-Highroad    
37 Martin Gilbert (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
38 Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale    
39 Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis - Sutter Home    
40 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad
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Originally Posted by swampy1970 View Post

I always reckoned that moving it to May in order to "have access to the big climbs" was dumb - because it's always fecking snowing up in the hills as late as May. Heck, even in June for the last couple of years there's been snow flurries up in the Sierras around Tahoe. Even down in the Sacramento Valley there were more than just a couple of good sized thunder storms and bean sized hail yesterday.


They should have moved the event to coincide with the Vuelta or maybe just a few weeks before the worlds... Then they'd be guarenteed lots of sun - maybe too much actually - and access to the truely horrific climbs that the southern Sierras have than make Mt Baldy seem like a little piddler.

i have to agree.  given that many of those passes in california's history catch snow even as late as july, a shift closer to the vuelta/world's makes sense.  cripes, with a little ingenuity and arm twisting they might have set up an ersatz gt by cobbling theirs together with the defunct tours in georgia and missouri.


and as a side note, it makes andy hampsten's ride over the gavia all the more impressive.


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Thought I would post up some pics of the sprint finish for yesterdays Tahoe to Sacramento stage.Sprint1.jpg _DSC3095.jpg

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