The Amgen Tour of California bicycle race made a cameo appearance in Lincoln on Sunday. More than 120 professional racers from around the world competed in the first stage of the annual event. Eight stages will comprise the 2014 Tour of California, which visits various locations in California.
Sunday’s stage began at the State Capitol building in Sacramento and took the riders on a 123-mile route through farmlands and foothills before returning to downtown Sacramento for a three-lap circuit to the finish line. Riders gained a total elevation of 3,900 feet along the course which passed through Lincoln and Auburn; Lincoln was at the 41-mile mark.
Sunday’s weather was warm but windy. A group of six riders broke away early and entered Lincoln about four minutes ahead of the peloton, the larger crowd of cyclists. Thousands lined Lincoln roadways to watch, cheer, take photos and ring cowbells as the riders whizzed past. In a moment, it was over.
The second stage of the Tour of California will take place Monday on the streets of Folsom, where riders will race individually in a time trial on a 12-mile circuit.
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