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Amgen Tour of California host cities announced

by Daniel Benson

Four sprint stages, Mount Baldy and a return to Solvang

After much speculation the 2011 Amgen Tour of California host cities have been announced. The sixth annual event will cover more than 800 miles, over eight stages, visiting 15 host cities from May 15-22, 2011.

While the exact route details are yet to be unveiled, AEG president Andrew Messick has confirmed that a number of key highlights will be included. Like last year, the race will start with a road stage as the route travels into Nevada for the first time. Mount Baldy will make its debut on the race's penultimate Queen stage, and the Solvang time trial makes a return after a year's absence.

"Now that we're in May we want to make the most of the good weather and take the riders to the best places in order to race their bikes," Messick told Cyclingnews.

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