Amgen Tour of California

The 2010 Amgen Tour of California, the country’s largest pro cycling event, will end in Sacramento again this year. The road race will start in Nevada City on May 16 and end in Sacramento. There are few press conferences scheduled Thursday for the official announcement of the fifth annual race.

Last year’s race we saw Lance Armstrong who is a seven-time Tour de France winner. During the 2009 Tour of California, two bikes belonging to professional cyclist were stolen from a storage locker near the hotel where Armstrong was staying in Sacramento. The bike was turned in to police four days later by a man who was later arrested and charged with theft. This was a black eye for the entire city of Sacramento.

The eight-day event was rescheduled to May in 2010, a move the organizers hope will result in better weather for the race. Sacramento will be at the end of the first stage. This will be Sacramento’s fourth straight time we have been a featured city. Levi Leipheimer of Santa Rosa who is a four-time top-10 finisher in the Tour de France will be in the race again in 2010. Leipheimer has won the race the past three years in a row. He rides for team RadioShack.

The new squad was announced by Armstrong during the waning stages of this year’s Tour de France. Floyd Landis, the race inaugural winner in 2006, also made his return to stage racing in the 2009 event following a two-year doping suspension and loss of his Tour de France title. Armstrong’s participation in the 2010 Amgen Tour of California is uncertain. The Tour of Italy (Armstrong competed in the event of the first time in 2009) is also held in May.

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