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Sonora, CA — After serving as a host city this year, Sonora did not make the cut for 2013.

Today the Amgen Tour of California announced that for the first time in its eight year history, the race will travel from South to North, starting in Escondido. The twelve host cities include Murrieta, Palm Springs, Palmdale, Santa Clarita, Santa Barbara, Avila Beach, San Jose, Livermore, Mt. Diablo, San Francisco and Santa Rosa.

Sonora City Councilman Bill Canning noted, “They have different routes that they take each year, so to get it back to back would be pretty unusual.” He also says, “I think it was a great event.  I think it brings a lot of exposure to the city and the county and we will keep trying.”

Considered America’s largest and most prestigious professional road cycling stage race, the Amgen Tour of California will travel approximately 750 miles from May 12-19, 2013.

The 12 Host City partners for the 2013 Amgen Tour of California include:

Stage 1: Sunday, May 12 – Escondido
Stage 2: Monday, May 13 – Murrieta to Greater Palm Springs
Stage 3: Tuesday, May 14 – Palmdale to Santa Clarita
Stage 4: Wednesday, May 15 – Santa Clarita to Santa Barbara
Stage 5: Thursday, May 16 – Santa Barbara to Avila Beach
Stage 6: Friday, May 17 – San Jose (Individual Time Trial)
Stage 7: Saturday, May 18 – Livermore to Mt. Diablo
Stage 8: Sunday, May 19 – San Francisco to Santa Rosa