Sonoma County, California
Sonoma County, California. Sonoma County wine, Wine Country (California), Film locations in Sonoma County, California, List of Sonoma County Regional Parks facilities, National Register of Historic Places listings in Sonoma County, California, California, Sonoma State University Author: Miller, Frederic P./ Vandome, Agnes F./ McBrewster, John Binding Type: Paperback Number of Pages: 98 Publication Date: 2009/09/30 Language: English Dimensions: 5.98 x 9.01 x 0.23 inches
The Tour of California (Amgen Tour of California) is an annual professional cycling stage race on the UCI America Tour and USA Cycling Professional Tour. It began on February 19, 2006. The eight-day race covers 650–700 miles (1045 – 1126 km) through California. A typical edition might begin in Nevada City, travel through the redwoods, wine country and the Pacific Coast, and finish in a southern California city such as Escondido. The 2009 race crossed the Central Valley from Merced to Fresno, with an excursion through the Sierra Nevada foothills, before crossing to the coast. The tour is sponsored by Amgen, a large California-based biotech company. With eight or nine of the 20 UCI ProTour teams (known as ProTeams) usually racing, the Tour of California is the most important cycling race in the United States since the demise of the Coors Classic in 1988. On November 28, 2006, the UCI upgraded it from 2.1 (category 1) to 2.HC (French: Hors categorie; English: beyond categorization), the highest rating and one of only three such stage races in the United States. Neither of the other two races, the Tour de Georgia and the Tour of Missouri, have been held since 2009, leaving the Tour of California as the United States’ only UCI 2.HC race in 2010. In 2010, the 2010 Tour of California moved from February to May (May 16–23), the same time as the Giro d’Italia. It is considered likely that the number of Americans in the Giro and Italians in the Tour of California will decrease …
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