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Pasadena takes the stage during America’s Premier Professional Cycling Race May 11-18, 2014.
The Amgen Tour of California returns to Pasadena for the third time announced AEG, presenter of the race at a press conference held on Tuesday, November 5th in Sacramento. The eight day stage race will return to a route traveling north-to-south from May 11-18, 2014 along more than 700 miles of scenic roads through some of California’s most picturesque backdrops.
Considered America’s largest and most prestigious cycling event, the overall start of the Amgen Tour of California will begin in front of the state’s Capital Building and travel through 11 host cities during the eight day event including Folsom, San Jose, Mt. Diablo, Monterey, Cambria, Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Mountain High, Pasadena and Thousand Oaks.
Known worldwide as the home of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl, Pasadena was chosen for the seventh stage of the race. “The City of Pasadena is honored to host the 2014 Amgen Tour of California for the third time,” said Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard. “Riders will find Pasadena’s route very challenging and scenic as they arrive at Historic Pasadena City Hall for the finish. Cycling fans will enjoy a wonderful experience and great hospitality as they enjoy the race in our beautiful downtown.”
“We strive to raise the bar each year to present an Amgen Tour of California that not only continues to attract and challenge the world’s top cyclists, but also fittingly features and promotes California’s unique sights and striking scenery,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the Amgen Tour of California and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “We’re confident our worldwide audience will enjoy everything next year’s race has to offer – from epic climbs to rolling hills and thrilling finishes by sea, it’s a testament to California’s iconic terrain.”
"Amgen was founded with the mission to serve patients by developing innovative therapies for serious illness. Our sponsorship of the Amgen Tour of California provides the unique opportunity to highlight how biotechnology has helped advance medicine for patients," said Ray Jordan, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs at Amgen. "The race also helps us connect cancer survivors to important resources through Breakaway from Cancer. We look forward to honoring cancer survivors in all of the host communities, including Thousand Oaks, our hometown since 1980."
Carrying an elite distinction, the Amgen Tour of California is listed on the international professional cycling calendar (2. HC, meaning “beyond category”), awarding important, world-ranking points to the top finishers.
The Amgen Tour of California continues to draw global attention as one of the most anticipated cycling events of the year – one that attracts Olympic medalists, World Champions and top Tour de France competitors.
The 13 Host City partners for the 2014 Amgen Tour of California include:
- Stage 1: Sunday, May 11 – Sacramento
- Stage 2: Monday, May 12 – Folsom (Individual Time Trial)
- Stage 3: Tuesday, May 13 – San Jose to Mount Diablo
- Stage 4: Wednesday, May 14 – Monterey to Cambria
- Stage 5: Thursday, May 15 – Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara
- Stage 6: Friday, May 16 – Santa Clarita to Mountain High
- Stage 7: Saturday, May 17 – Santa Clarita to Pasadena
- Stage 8: Sunday, May 18 – Thousand Oaks
For further information on the 2014 Amgen Tour of California, and to view the 2014 Amgen Tour of California map, visit www.AmgenTourofCalifornia.com.