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by Mark Zalewski
February 1, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kittel takes Dubai Tour opener; Route announcement: Mt. Baldy summit, Big Bear TT to be decisive stages for 2017 Amgen Tour of California; Route details announced for 2017 Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race; No longer backing Contador, Majka stepping up a level in Grand Tours; CyclingTips podcast, Episode 24: Genevieve Jeanson on making peace with a tainted past; Back from the brink: The merger that saved IsoWhey-SwissWellness and the year ahead; Froome ready for Jayco Herald Sun Tour; Twenty teams to race 22nd Tour de Langkawi; Ciolek and Gerdemann retire; Simon Cope vows to clear his name; British Parliamentary group to investigate legal bias against cyclists; Video: Heroics in Bieles; Video: Interview with Christine Majerus; Video: Equipment for cyclocross.
Amgen Tour of California organizer AEG today announced the 256.6-mile course for the 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour event, which after the cancellation of the Philly Classic is now the only Women’s WorldTour event to take place in North America.
Taking place May 11-14, the four-day Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race empowered with SRAM is run alongside the men’s Tour of California, and takes the world’s leading cyclists an picturesque, challenging and highly competitive competition through Nortern California’s iconic highways, byways and coastlines.
“I’ve applauded and supported the Amgen Tour of California over the past decade, and seen firsthand how much this important race has done to raise the profile of American cycling,” said official Race Ambassador and America’s most decorated woman in cycling, Kristin Armstrong.
Armstrong, celebrated for winning her third Olympic gold medal in the time trial last summer, won the Amgen Tour of California women’s time trial back 2011, and together with her team Twenty16-RideBiker took out the team time trial in last year’s edition.
“The Amgen Tour of California showcases the best of cycling, and inspires the next generation of cyclists here,” she said. “I’m so thrilled to come aboard as part of the race in a capacity where I can help continue to spread excitement about the sport, women’s cycling and this world-class race.”
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