• Stunning scenery from the 2017 Tour of California (Getty)Source: Getty
The 2019 route for the Tour of California has been announced with the summit of Mt Baldy set to return as the queen stage of the race.
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Amgen Tour of California
6 Dec 2018 - 12:48 PM  UPDATED 6 Dec 2018 - 12:51 PM

The 2019 host cities include the return of fan and race team favorites, long-time veterans like Sacramento, Santa Clarita and Pasadena, and a first-time start in Rancho Cordova.

The 2019 Amgen Tour of California will cover a variety of terrain, showcasing many of California’s most well-known and iconic settings and landmarks, and allowing different types of specialists in the peloton to shine throughout the week. Several fast and flat sections on tap in Sacramento, Morgan Hill and Pasadena will cater to sprinters.

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Climbers will also face challenges in South Lake Tahoe, the Diablo Mountain Range outside Stockton where they will reach an elevation of 1,400 metres, and on multiple climbs between Pismo Beach and Ventura.

Fans and teams alike will count down to the men’s and women’s Queen Stages from Ontario to Mt. Baldy, which will feature a grueling 26-mile fan-favorite climb to the summit finish, a day that will shake
up the leader board and can make or break the quest for the overall victory.

A traditional stage for the Amgen Tour of California, the final race day for both the men and women is one that highlights the beauty of long-time race partners: Santa Clarita and Pasadena. Past overall finishes in Pasadena have consistently been dramatic and exciting, with fans from across Southern California lining up to cheer on the fast-and-furious sprint finishes to determine the ultimate champions.

Men's Amgen Tour of California

Sunday, May 12, Stage 1 / Sacramento

Monday, May 13, Stage 2 / Rancho Cordova - South Lake Tahoe

Tuesday, May 14, Stage 3 / Stockton - Morgan Hill

Wednesday, May 15, Stage 4 / WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca - Morro Bay

Thursday, May 16, Stage 5 / Pismo Beach – Ventura

Friday, May 17, Stage 6 / Ontario - Mt. Baldy

Saturday, May 18, Stage 7 / Santa Clarita - Pasadena

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Thursday, May 16, Stage 1 / Ventura

Friday, May 17, Stage 2 / Ontario - Mt. Baldy

Saturday, May 18, Stage 3 / Santa Clarita - Pasadena