Stage 1 - Sacramento Overall Start
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Mark Cavendish Wins Stage 1

Kicking Off the 10th Anniversary Amgen Tour Of California With 2nd Consecutive Stage Win In Sacramento

May 10, 2015 - Overall Stage Start

Fast and flat, with water and bridges galore… Stage 1 is destined to be a sprinter’s delight. Each year, the Amgen Tour of California endeavors to highlight areas of the Golden State that it has never been to before, and this year’s Stage 1 definitely accomplishes this.

After an initial crossing of the Sacramento River via the iconic Tower Bridge, the race will pass quickly through West Sacramento to River Road. From here, the race will follow the winding Sacramento River through the small towns of Clarksburg, Courtland and Walnut Grove. The stage’s fourth bridge crossing will take the race back over the river into Isleton. A few miles later, the route again crosses the river into Rio Vista and the heart of the California Delta region.

The riders will then head north through Solano County into one of the most popular alumni race cities, Davis. Continuing north through Woodland, the route turns east and heads back to West Sacramento, across Tower Bridge and the Sacramento River for the fourth and final time. Heading straight toward the State Capitol building, the riders will enter onto the same finishing circuits that have delivered huge crowds and have showcased some of the most exciting sprint finishes in the history of the Amgen Tour of California. In 2014, the sprint between legendary fast men Mark Cavendish and John Degenkolb resulted in the closest margin of victory in race history – a mere 3 millimeters!


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Viewing Spots

The City of Sacramento provides many excellent viewing areas for the race. Team Parking on the Capitol Mall before the race start will give you a chance to grab autographs and a picture of your favorite rider.

Consider a short walk from Team Parking to one of the iconic images in Sacramento: the Tower Bridge. This is a great location to watch the race leave Sacramento.

The finishing circuits around the state capitol, affords one of the best view of any of our race finishes

Sacramento Race Day Information

  • Directions to Start/Finish: Click Here
  • Race Starts: 10:50 AM
  • Festival Opens: 9:30 AM
  • Festival Closes: 4:30 PM
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Day: Sunday, May 10, 2015
Overall Stage Start: Sacramento at 10:50 AM
Stage Finish: Sacramento at 3:45 PM*
Finish Line Festival: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Miles: 126.2 mi
Kilometers: 203.1 km
Elevation Gain: 1,400 ft

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