Pleasanton Weekly

News - May 20, 2011

Off and rolling

The Amgen Tour of California got under way shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday in Livermore following a night of revelry in anticipation of the Tour de France-style cycling road race.

This was the first time for Livermore to host a start although the race has passed through town numerous times before, and crowds were 10 deep as they cheered on the 178 cyclists, who circled the downtown before heading to the starting point.

The 81.8-mile segment of the tour finished on a summit of Sierra Road in San Jose after three grueling climbs, including the back side of Mount Hamilton. Levi Leipheimer with Team Radio Shack was a top contender among the 18 professional cycling teams in the race, which goes more than 800 miles through California, finishing Sunday in Thousand Oaks.


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