The 2018 Tour of California begins close to Los Angeles, in Long Beach. The race revisits Long Beach for the first time since 2007, when Cuban Iván Domínguez sprinted to victory in the last stage of an edition that was won by Levi Leipheimer. In 2018, the Long Beach criterium will be the 1st stage and it’s likely we’ll see a fast finishers showdown.
As soon as stage 2 the focus shifts to the climbers. The race travels from Ventura – a first time host – to Santa Barbara County for a summit finish on Gibraltar Road after a 12 kilometres climb at 8%, while the last 2 kilometres go up at 10%. It’s here Julian Alaphilippe propelled to both stage and overall victory in 2016.
King City debuts as a host of the start of stage 3, which finishes at the Laguna Seca raceway on the Monterey Peninsula. Another chance for fast men. Two editions ago Peter Sagan outsprinted a reduced peloton at the former F1 circuit
A possibly decisive day will be the fourth day of action. Stage 4 is an individual time trial in San Jose before stage 5 runs from Stockton to a sprinter’s finish in Elk Grove.
Stage 6 will be last chance for the GC guys, as this is a hilly stage to South Lake Tahoe, where Toms Skujiņš took the stage honours in 2016.
The final day of action brings a criterium in Sacramento. Marcel Kittel and Mark Cavendish are the last winners in the capital city of California, so we should not expect any changes in the overall rankings.
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