Published : Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | 5:49 AM
The 2017 Amgen Tour of California announced today that its 600-mile men’s competition will race down the California to a Pasadena finish line next May 20.
Peter Sagan, the 2015 overall Amgen Tour of California winner and record holder with 15 stage victories since riding for the first time in 2010, will headline an all-star peloton when the prestigious cycling stage race men’s competition begins in Sacramento on May 14, 2017.
Pasadena Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Paul Little reacted happily to the news.
“It brings a lot of attention to Pasadena it also brings visitors, which we appreciate,” Little said. “People in hotel rooms, restaurants and shops. But really the big value is the attention we get for different kind of sporting events that we are generally known for.”
“It does have an economic impact. There’s an investment made to get them here, but it certainly is paid for in trade and tourism that we get in return,” Little said.
He added that the television coverage of Pasadena makes the city “look very good.”
Amgen said the 2017 Amgen Breakaway From Heart Disease Women’s Race Empowered with SRAM will begin three days earlier than the men’s race, on May 11 in South Lake Tahoe. The women’s competition will conclude its four-stage race in Sacramento on May 14.
The remaining Host Cities (start and finish destinations for each stage) were also announced and include Big Bear Lake (Men’s Individual Time Trial), Modesto, Morro Bay, Mt. Baldy, Mountain High, Ontario, Pismo Beach, San Jose, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, and first time Host City Elk Grove which will host the Stage 3 women’s competition start.
“The Amgen Tour of California has long been the most esteemed cycling race in America. Its designation as a UCI WorldTour event will continue to expand its international exposure and attract the best teams and cyclists yet, giving fans even more to cheer about from the streets of California next spring,” said Kristin Klein, president of the Amgen Tour of California and executive vice president of AEG Sports.
Sagan, one of the most popular cyclists ever to compete in the Amgen Tour of California will be racing for his recently launched BORA-hansgrohe team hoping to add on to his current record of 15 stage wins including two in 2016. The 2015 and 2016 (current) World Champion will be racing in the Golden State for the 7th consecutive year.
“Racing in the Amgen Tour of California is always one of my top priorities every year. While spectacular to watch from a scenic standpoint, the route is consistently tough and challenging and one that brings out the best in all of the riders,” said Sagan. “The incredible fans and all of the cities of California that we get to visit truly makes the Amgen Tour of California one of the best experiences of the year for me.”
The men’s competition will climax in Pasadena as part of the final Stage 7 on May 20, a fast and largely downhill run into Pasadena from the Mountain High ski resort. The riders will have two significant climbs that will top out at over 7,900 feet. The crowds in Pasadena will be watching the top teams try to deliver their sprinter to the line to claim the finish.
The Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race featuring both men’s and women’s competitions created and presented by AEG. More information is available at amgentourofcalifornia.com.