Tuesday May 17 2011 comments Amgen Tour of California Stage 3 Start By: Auburn Journal photography by Ben Furtado -A +A Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalRiders make a historic start in Downtown Auburn as they begin Stage 3 of Amgen Tour of California Tuesday morning. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalChristian 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. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalRiders 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. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalOwen Marovich, 4, of Roseville, finds a front row spot to ring his cowbell moments before the peloton races by. Ben Furtado/Auburn Journal Ben Furtado/Auburn Journal Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalTeam vehicles caravan their way through Downtown Auburn following right behind the peloton. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalCynci Calvin of Bike Auburn hustles to sell T-shirts shortly after the start of Stage 3. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalTeam leaders line up at the start of Stage 3 in Downtown Auburn. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalWith 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 Furtado/Auburn Journal Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalBen King of USA Team Radioshack smiles at other riders before the beginning of Stage 3. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalHonor Guard march their way up Lincoln Way before the singing of the National Anthem performed by the Placer High Choir, Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalRace enthusiasts perch on the balcony of the Tahoe Club, catching a wide point-of-view of the race. Ben Furtado/Auburn Journal Ben Furtado/Auburn Journal Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalHundreds of photographers, like D.J. Farrell of Sacramento came ready to capture Stage 3 of Amgen Tour of California Tuesday. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalAuburn resident Jeff Culp proudly shows his support for Team Radioshack during Stage 3 of Amgen Tour of California. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalLocal 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.