650-Mile 2007 Amgen Tour of California Route Announced
Coverage of the first U.S. professional cycling race of the season will air on television.
Specific route and race details for the 2007 Amgen Tour of California , a Tour de France style cycling road race in which 16 of the world?s top professional cycling teams will compete along a demanding 650-mile course from San Francisco to Long Beach, California from February 18-25 were revealed earlier today.
Building on the inaugural stage race that attracted 1.3 million spectators, the 2007 Amgen Tour of California is one of the most anticipated professional cycling races in the U.S. and will feature an even longer, more challenging route compared to the 2006 Tour of California. A national television partnership with VERSUS (formerly OLN) brings daily race coverage to fans throughout USA.
Over eight days, the race will visit 12 host cities for official stage starts and finishes, with communities along the route getting the chance to see firsthand a lineup of some of the best and most recognizable teams in the world, which already includes Discovery Pro Cycling Team, Team CSC and Predictor-Lotto. Host cities for the eight stages include: San Francisco, Sausalito, Santa Rosa, Sacramento, Stockton, San Jose, Seaside, San Luis Obispo, Solvang, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita and Long Beach, California, USA.
Fans throughout the nation will have the opportunity to enjoy all of the excitement and suspense of the 2007 Amgen Tour of California with nightly recaps on VERSUS, which joins the race as the official television partner.Totaling 14 hours of action-packed programming, same-day coverage will air on VERSUS each of the eight days of the stage race at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT (most weekday nights) with live and recap coverage on weekends.
"We deliver the best, most comprehensive cycling coverage to our viewers, and the Amgen Tour of California is a compelling addition to our cycling line-up and a great way to kick off the 2007 cycling season on VERSUS,? Marc Fein, senior vice president of programming and production told Roadcycling.com. ?It?s a great television event because, in addition to showcasing intense competition between some of the best cyclists in the world, California provides a beautiful backdrop for all of the action.?
Highlights of the 2007 Amgen Tour of California race route include:
Prologue: San Francisco (Sunday, Feb. 18)
At 1 p.m., riders will kick off the 2007 Amgen Tour of California with a short, but intense Prologue, sponsored by Union Bank of California, through the streets of San Francisco. Starting by the Ferry Building at Pier 1, the cyclists will ride 1.9-mile individual time trials along the Embarcardero, making the sharp left onto Bay Street and then up the tight, steep climb through Telegraph Hill to the finish at Coit Tower.
Stage 1: Sausalito to Santa Rosa (Monday, Feb. 19)
Starting on the northern side of the San Francisco Bay, Stage 1 will cover almost 100 miles from Sausalito to Santa Rosa. The stage, sponsored by Herbalife, begins with a climb from Mill Valley up to Mt. Tamalpais State Park before turning toward Muir Beach. The route mirrors that of 2006 all the way to Valley Ford, but where the riders headed