Tuesday May 17 2011 comments Amgen Tour of California Stage 3 Start By: Auburn Journal photography by Ben Furtado -A +A Buy This Photo Now Riders make a historic start in Downtown Auburn as they begin Stage 3 of Amgen Tour of California Tuesday morning. Christian Vandevelde of USA team Garmin-Cervelo, signs an autograph on a chunk of asphalt for fan Eric Hess from Yuba City, before the Stage 3 start of Amgen Tour of California in Downtown Auburn Tuesday. Riders make their final loop in Downtown through High Street before heading to Old Town Auburn and continuing Stage 3 of the Amgen Tour of California. Owen Marovich, 4, of Roseville, finds a front row spot to ring his cowbell moments before the peloton races by. Team vehicles caravan their way through Downtown Auburn following right behind the peloton. Cynci Calvin of Bike Auburn hustles to sell T-shirts shortly after the start of Stage 3. Team leaders line up at the start of Stage 3 in Downtown Auburn. With it's dozens of colors and break neck speeds, the peloton takes the whole width of Lincoln Way as riders race through Downtown Auburn during Stage 3. Ben King of USA Team Radioshack smiles at other riders before the beginning of Stage 3. Honor Guard march their way up Lincoln Way before the singing of the National Anthem performed by the Placer High Choir, Race enthusiasts perch on the balcony of the Tahoe Club, catching a wide point-of-view of the race. Hundreds of photographers, like D.J. Farrell of Sacramento came ready to capture Stage 3 of Amgen Tour of California Tuesday. Auburn resident Jeff Culp proudly shows his support for Team Radioshack during Stage 3 of Amgen Tour of California. Local rider Christ Jones for Team United Health Care gets support from his family. Pictured left to right are his uncle Bob Jones, aunt Diane Jones, mom Cindy Jones, father-in-law Mark Moore, Chris' wife Cassie Jones, sister Jenny Hullinger and niece Abbey Hullinger on the shoulders of Chris' father Bill Jones.