The Amgen Tour of California 2012 host cities were announced yesterday, and as expected, Thousand Oaks, home to title sponsor Amgen, is not on the list. In fact, the closest next year's tour gets to Ventura County is Los Angeles and Palmdale.
This is no surprise as after two years hosting a stage of the race, including the final stage in May 2011, the city annonced a few month ago that it was taking a breather this year.
The 13 Host Cities for the 2012 Amgen Tour of California include:
- Stage 1: Sunday, May 13 – Santa Rosa
- Stage 2: Monday, May 14 – San Francisco to Santa Cruz County
- Stage 3: Tuesday, May 15 – San Jose to Livermore
- Stage 4: Wednesday, May 16 – Sonora (new for 2012) to Clovis
- Stage 5: Thursday, May 17 – Bakersfield (Individual Time Trial)
- Stage 6: Friday, May 18 – Palmdale to Big Bear Lake
- Stage 7: Saturday, May 19 – Ontario (new for 2012) to Mt. Baldy
- Stage 8: Sunday, May 20 – Los Angeles/L.A. LIVE
Maybe next year the tour will be back to Ventura County...we shall see. For more information, visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.