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Preview ride: Amgen Tour of California, stage 4

By: Laura Weislo

US Editor Laura Weislo and Kenda's Roman Kilun ride to Sierra Road

The 2011 Amgen Tour of California is shaping up to be the hardest edition to date, featuring more climbing than ever and not one, but two true mountain top stage finishes. Cyclingnews visited the relatively short but seriously difficult course for stage four from Livermore to San José's Sierra Road with local professional Roman Kilun of the Kenda/5 Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder team to witness first hand what the 131.6 km stage will present to the peloton on May 18.

Sierra Road, a 5.6km beast of an ascent, averaging 9.4 per cent is the only climb which has featured in every edition of the Tour of California, and it has been granted the honour of becoming the race's first true mountain top finish. The second, higher hilltop stage finale will come three days later on Mt. Baldy.

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