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2011 Amgen Tour of California route to be announced Wednesday

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Sun News Service Photo - John HartThree-time Tour of California winner Levi Leipheimer, of the Radio Shack team, races from the start of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California on Broad Street in Nevada City.
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NEVADA COUNTY, Calif. andamp;#8212; Grass Valley and Nevada City cycling fans will likely learn Wednesday whether the western Nevada County community will be part of the Amgen Tour of California for a second straight year, as specific route details for the 2011 race will be announced via individual stage-specific videos.If Nevada City, which served as host of the 2010 opening stage of Tour of California, and Grass Valley are to be included in the 2011 race route, the peloton will likely pedal through the area as part of the race’s second stage, starting at Squaw Valley and finishing in Sacramento.The videos, created in collaboration between the start and finish cities of each stage (designated as andamp;#8220;Host Citiesandamp;#8221;), will highlight features of the eight-day route from perspective of the communities hosting each stage.The 2011 Amgen Tour of California will cover more than 800 miles in eight epic days from May 15 andamp;#8211; 22. The 15 official stage start and finish communities that have been selected for the 2011 race include: South Lake Tahoe (new for 2011), North Lake Tahoe-Northstar at Tahoe Resort (new for 2011), North Lake Tahoe-Squaw Valley USA (new for 2011), Sacramento, Auburn (new for 2011), Modesto, Livermore (new for 2011), San Jose, Seaside, Paso Robles, Solvang, Claremont (new for 2011), Mt. Baldy (new for 2011), Santa Clarita and Thousand Oaks.Stage-by-stage videos revealing the route for the 2011 Amgen Tour of California will be released on the following days:andamp;#8212; Wednesday andamp;#8211; Stage 1, Presented by Michelob Ultra (South Lake Tahoe to North Lake Tahoe andamp;#8211; Northstar at Tahoe Resort); Stage 2, Presented by the California Travel andamp; Tourism Commission (CTTC) (North Lake Tahoe andamp;#8211; Squaw Valley USA to Sacramento); and Stage 3 (Auburn to Modesto)andamp;#8212; Thursday andamp;#8211; Stage 4, Presented by UnitedHealthcare (Livermore to San Jose); Stage 5, Presented by Rabobank (Seaside to Paso Robles); and Stage 6, Presented by Herbalife (Solvang individual time trial)andamp;#8212; Friday andamp;#8211; Stage 7, Presented by Nissan (Claremont to Mt. Baldy) and Stage 8, Presented by Amgen (Santa Clarita to Thousand Oaks)andamp;#8220;It’s always exciting to announce the route details for our race, but this year seems especially exciting given the diverse and challenging course that has been put together for the cyclists,andamp;#8221; said Andrew Messick, president, AEG Sports. andamp;#8220;The 2011 Amgen Tour of California route will not only showcase the beautiful and unique landscape of California, including some of the state’s most scenic landmarks, but will provide some exciting new firsts for the race as well.andamp;#8221;All videos will be available for reviewing on the Amgen Tour of California website (www.amgentourofcalifornia.com), as well as the Amgen Tour of California’s Facebook page and on YouTube.For information about the Amgen Tour of California and to view the stage videos, please visit http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.