ROUTE DETAILS:Day: Tue, May 15
Start: San Jose
SPECTATOR INFO:Standard park entry fees will apply for vehicles entering Mt. Diablo State Park from both the North and South gates ($10).
FESTIVAL HOURS:SAN JOSE: 9:30-11:15AM
LOCATION: 3050 BERRYESSA ROAD, SAN JOSE, CA 95132
11:00AM - 4:30PM
LOCATION: 59 SOUTH L. ST. LIVERMORE, CA 94550
Stage 3 of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California started in north San Jose earlier today and made its way down to the city of Livermore. For the first time in the history of the race, the riders were challenged with a climb up Mt. Diablo, one of the most revered climbs in California. Peter Sagan (SVK) of Liquigas-Cannondale crossed the finish line first taking his third stage win of the 2012 race and making Amgen Tour of California history by winning three consecutive stages.
Stage 3 Top-3
Just 28 miles into the race, the riders will contest a challenging Sprint to the finish but the race will just be getting started. Heading out north on Livermore Avenue, the riders will likely face a stiff headwind coming down the valley. After passing through the town of Danville, the Amgen Tour of California will grant a wish that has been made for the past six years by riders and fans, “Please climb Mt. Diablo.” For the first time in the history of the race, the riders will climb Mt. Diablo. One of the most revered climbs in California, race organizers, cyclists and fans alike are excited to have this climb as part of Stage 3 of the 2012 race.
After a fast and technical descent into Walnut Creek, the race will then head east into the Town of Clayton where the second Sprint of the stage will take place. From Clayton, the race will connect back to a familiar route into Livermore. Just nine miles from the finish, the riders will likely tackle blustery winds as they battle the final KOM of the stage up Patterson Pass Road followed by a quick descent that will take the race onto Cross and Tesla roads. On Livermore Avenue once again, it will be just a few miles to what is sure to be a sprint finish in historic downtown Livermore.