Start Time: 11:15 a.m. PT
Estimated Finish Time: 3:24 – 4:32 p.m. PT
Satellite Feed Time: 4:50 – 5 p.m. PT
(Coordinates can be found at http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/news/media-info.html)
Stage 3 will begin in San Jose, the only city to have played host to the Amgen Tour of California all seven years of the race. This year, the typical downtown start has been moved to north San Jose, just a few miles from the infamous Sierra Road climb. While the riders won’t be expected to tackle a Category 1 climb just two miles from the start as they have been in the past, the route into Livermore is one that the race has taken before: Calaveras Road and Highway 84.
While Livermore will be hosting their first stage finish in 2012, riders have raced through the town during previous editions including the Stage 4 start in 2011.
Just 28 miles into the race, the riders will contest a challenging sprint to the finish but the race will just be getting started. Heading out north on Livermore Avenue, the riders will likely face a stiff headwind coming down the valley. After passing through the town of Danville, the riders will climb Mt. Diablo for the first time in the history of the race. One of the most revered climbs in California, race organizers, cyclists and fans alike are excited to have this climb as part of Stage 3 of the 2012 race.
After a fast and technical descent into Walnut Creek, the race will then head east into the Town of Clayton where the second sprint of the stage will take place. From Clayton, the race will connect back to a familiar route into Livermore. Just nine miles from the finish, the riders will likely tackle blustery winds as they battle the final KOM of the stage up Patterson Pass Road followed by a quick descent that will take the race onto Cross and Tesla roads. On Livermore Avenue once again, it will be just a few miles to what is sure to be a sprint finish in historic downtown Livermore. At tomorrow’s finish line, Amgen will host one if its Breakaway Mile events, which will honor Livermore’s Breakaway from Cancer Champion Bob Hammer, a cancer survivor who founded the “Have a Ball” Foundation, which has raised more than $1 million since its inception and benefits 20 cancer support organizations. The Breakaway Mile is slated to begin about an hour before the professional cyclists cross the finish line of Stage 3 of the Amgen Tour.