RECAP: First stage of Amgen canceled |

RECAP: First stage of Amgen canceled

Staff reports

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. andamp;#8212; The first stage of the Amgen Tour of California has been canceled due to adverse weather conditions.The race was originally delayed by almost three hours due to snow in South Lake Tahoe. However, the first stage of the race was officially canceled minutes after the start time.The race was set to travel from the south shore casino corridor on U.S. Highway 50 along the west and then turn north along Highway 89 to Northstar-at-Tahoe.andamp;#8220;We were monitoring weather conditions up until the predicted 1:15 p.m. start time, and we just couldn’t safely put the riders out on the course with the current forecast,andamp;#8221; said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports. andamp;#8220;We appreciate the support of all the fans that came out to the start line in South Lake Tahoe, and we hope they understand and respect our decision, but when the safety of riders and fans is involved, there is no leeway. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the start tomorrow in Squaw Valley.andamp;#8221;As the race was being canceled, three-time Amgen Tour of California champion Levi Leipheimer addressed the crowd from the sign-in stage and said:andamp;#8220;The riders discussed as a group and we just don’t feel comfortable riding knowing what can happen, especially in light of what happened last Monday,” Leipheimer said. “We still have a full week of racing ahead of us, so we want to make sure everyone is healthy. With the weather conditions the way they are, racing today is just not possible. On behalf of all the riders, we apologize and appreciate everyone’s support and understanding.andamp;#8221;The race will continue as planned tomorrow, Monday, May 16, beginning with a neutral start lap through Squaw Village at 10:15 a.m. and heading to the finish in Sacramento.