Stage 1 - South Lake Tahoe to North Lake Tahoe-Northstar at Tahoe Resort
The 2011 Amgen Tour of California's overall start will begin on the south shore of Lake Tahoe, one of the most beautiful locations in all of the state. The race will roll-out through the Host City of South Lake Tahoe and head in a clockwise direction up the western shore of Lake Tahoe, where the riders will encounter the first of three KOMs ("King of [the] Mountain [climbs]") on this stage at Emerald Bay (elev. 6,850').
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Stage 2 - North Lake Tahoe - Squaw Valley USA to Sacramento
One of the longest stages of the race, Stage 2 has "sprinter" written all over the race route. Starting at the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics and one of the largest ski resorts in the USA, the riders will head north to the town of Truckee and then head west past the infamous and rugged Donner's Pass. At 7,100', this will be the only KOM of Stage 2.
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Stage 3 - Auburn to Modesto
With no KOMs this is one of the last stages for the sprinters to showcase their speed at the finish. Auburn is known as the "Endurance Sports Capitol of the World". It is only fitting that the Amgen Tour of California begins here for one of the fastest stages of the race. At 120 miles, endurance will be a key factor for Stage 3.
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