Today the Amgen Tour of California released the details and schedule for the men and women’s race May 13-19th 2018 and there are some notable changes to the host cities this year. New for the men’s race are the additions of Ventura (Queen stage) and King City, which will follow a waterfront opening stage in Long Beach. The Time Trial stage will move to San Jose this year and is scheduled for Stage 4 instead of the usual Stage 6.

The women’s race consists of three stages starting May 17th, including Elk Grove, South Lake Tahoe, and Sacramento. Again, the race will feature a high altitude queen stage which features one of the biggest climbs in the UCI Women’s WorldTour. Both women’s and men’s races will conclude in the state capitol.

“The 2018 Amgen Tour of California will captivate fans everywhere with all-star pelotons and new routes that showcase the incredible beauty of the Golden State,” said Kristin Klein, president of the Amgen Tour of California and executive vice president of AEG Sports. “With a mix of Host Cities that highlight the diversity of California – from urban to remote, ocean to desert, forests to mountains – the race continues its tradition as a dynamic and anticipated event on the international calendar.”

Schedule:

DATEMENWOMEN
Sun., May 13 Stage 1 Long Beach
Mon., May 14Stage 2 Ventura to Santa Barbara County (Gibraltar Road)
Tues., May 15Stage 3 King City to Monterey County (Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca)
Wed., May 16Stage 4 San Jose (Time Trial)
Thurs., May 17Stage 5 Stockton to Elk Grove Stage 1 Elk Grove
Fri., May 18Stage 6 Folsom to South Lake Tahoe Stage 2 South Lake Tahoe
Sat., May 19 Stage 7 Sacramento Stage 3 Sacramento
Marcel Kittel of Germany riding for Quick-Step Floors Team celebrates after beating Peter Sagan of Slovakia riding for Bora-Hansgrohe Team during Stage 1 of the AMGEN Tour of California 2017 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Marcel Kittel of Germany riding for Quick-Step Floors Team celebrates after beating Peter Sagan of Slovakia riding for Bora-Hansgrohe Team during Stage 1 of the AMGEN Tour of California 2017 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)