Endurance: Robert Gesink

Tour of California will go south-to-north

November, 27, 2012
Tour of California Doug Pensinger/Getty ImagesThe 2013 race will start in Escondido and cover approximately 750 miles from May 12-19.
For the first time in race history, the Amgen Tour of California will work its way from south to north and top out on Mount Diablo, a legendary California climb, in 2013.

The eighth version of the race will cover 750 miles from May 12-19. The tour departs Escondido, just north of San Diego, with the stage 1 start and finish in the San Diego County city, which hosted the overall finish in 2009. The race will also travel from Murrieta to Palm Springs for stage 2, Palmdale to Santa Clarita on stage 3, Santa Clarita to Santa Barbara, and Santa Barbara to Avila Beach before the stage 6 individual time trial in San Jose. The penultimate stage will see the peloton ride from Livermore to Mount Diablo before the finale from San Francisco to Santa Rosa.

Without more specific route details, it’s hard to say where race-breaking moments could occur outside of the individual time trial and Mount Diablo. At 11.2 miles and 3,200 feet of ascension, it’s nearly certain the race will be won or lost on Diablo’s slopes.

American Tejay van Garderen will be an early favorite to win the overall, as the BMC Racing man finished fifth overall in the Tour de France last summer and took second place in the Colorado USA Pro Challenge. He finished fourth overall in California last year after suffering on the Mount Baldy stage.

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