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Auburn's role in Amgen Tour of California bike race to be known Tuesday

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Auburn and vicinity will find out Tuesday just what part it will play when Lance Armstrong and a field of elite cyclists race through the region May 16 on the first leg of the Amgen Tour of California. Situated between the first stage’s start point in Nevada City and finish line in Sacramento, the Auburn has been intensely scrutinized in rides over the past six months for its rideability and visual appeal by race organizer AEG. On Monday, AEG announced specific route details for the race will be revealed starting Tuesday through individual stage videos. The videos have been created in collaboration with the start and finish cities of each stage highlighting features of the route. Two videos are being released each day throughout the week, starting with Stage 1 (Nevada City to Sacramento) and Stage 2 (Davis to Santa Rosa). They can be viewed only at the Amgen Tour of California Web site – amgentourofcalifornia.com – as well as the Amgen Tour’s Facebook page and on YouTube. The San Francisco to Santa Cruz and San Jose to Modesto stages will be revealed Wednesday. On Thursday, Stage 5 (Visalia to Bakersfield) and Stage 6 (Pasadena to Big Bear Lake) will have stage-to-stage videos released. Friday’s videos will show the Los Angeles individual time trial and Stage 8 (Thousand Oaks/Westlake/Agoura Hills). “The May timing of the 2010 edition of the Amgen Tour of California is going to allow us to visit some challenging new areas of California that previously were not possible due to the weather,” said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports, presenter of the race. “Through these fun and creative videos that the host cities have put together, we are going to be able to showcase the challenge and beauty of our 2010 route.”