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2013 Amgen Tour of California to Peak on Mt. Diablo - CyclingNews

Iconic East Bay climb, coastal views to feature in South-North route

AEG Sports, organisers of the Tour of California, has announced details of the 2013 route which for the first time will head from Southern California to the north. Escondido will host the start, and before the grand finale in Santa Rosa, the riders will face all new stages, a time trial in San Jose and will race to the top of Mt. Diablo in the East Bay on the penultimate day.

"Taking the Amgen Tour of California from South to North is something we always knew we wanted to do, and we are thrilled with the way things have come together for 2013,” said race director Kristin Bachochin. "We think this will bring a whole new element to the competition for the elite cyclists who participate, not to mention some striking California scenery for our worldwide audience. California provides a variety of beautiful yet challenging terrain, helping us achieve our goal of creating a challenging route year after year while showcasing the very best this state has to offer."

Although the towns of Sonora, Modesto and Turlock applied to host the race, the Tour of California will bypass the Sierra mountain range, remaining west of the I-5 corridor for the majority of the route.

The race will open on May 12, 2013 with a circuit that starts and ends in Escondido, north of San Diego, which last hosted the race in 2009 with a stage that scaled Palomar Mountain.

"I'm very excited to hear about the new South - North route for the 2013 Amgen Tour of California," said 2011 winner Chris Horner. "After growing up in San Diego, I love seeing the race back on the roads I've ridden for the past 25 years. Being welcomed by thousands of fans in Escondido in 2009 was a highlight of my career, and I'm sure the crowds will be even more amazing for the 2013 edition. The Amgen Tour of California is one of my favorite races of the year, and I'm already looking forward to battling it out on the California roads again this May!"

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By: Laura Weislo / Cyclingnews
Published: November 28, 2012