Tour of California 2018 Route stage 3: King City - Laguna Seca

Tour of California 2018 stage 3Tuesday, 15 May 2018 - At 197 kilometres, the Tour of California's 3th stage travels from King City to the Laguna Seca raceway on the Monterey Peninsula. The route travels over six intermediate climbs, while the elevation gain amounts to 2,530 metres.

Departure place King City is debuting in the Tour of California. Like an eager host, the town welcomes the peloton twice throughout the day. The riders depart town and race south along Highway 101 before turning out of the Salinas Valley at San Lucas. The route travels over the first two KOM climbs before re-entering King City at kilometre 80 and heading north.

A left turn leads the race into the heart of Monterey County. After Sycamore Flat the road slowly but surely climbs up East Carmel Valley Road to reach its KOM-peak after 4.1 kilometres at 5.9%. Following a long descent and a tight left turn the riders tackle the climb up Cachagua Road – 3 kilometres at 7.6%.

The Tour of California moves through Carmel Valley Village and turns right on Laureles Grade, a 5.4 kilometres climb on a wide road. The average gradient is 5.7% and the summit is crested with 8 kilometres remaining. A sharp drop and a steep ramp – 1.1 kilometres at 10.3% – before the riders
enter the Laguna Seca racetrack. The last kilometres to the line are descending, including the spectacular ‘Corkscrew’ chicane.

Two years ago, the group split on the steep climb to the track before Peter Sagan outsprinted Greg Van Avermaet and Nathan Haas.

The first three riders on the line take time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while two intermediate sprints (at kilometre 64 and at kilometre 107.5) come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.

Read also: results/race report 3rd stage 2018 Tour of California.

Tour of California 2018 stage 3: Route maps, height profiles, and more

Click on the images to zoom.

Watch the highlights of recent races here:
Leave a comment
No comments yet, your opinion is most welcome.

Related articles
Favourites - Tour of California 20 Overview - Tour of California 20 Recent Winners - Tour of California Stage 7: Fernando Gaviria wins last sprint, Egan Bernal takes overall - Tour of California 20 Stage 6: Egan Bernal wins stage to take overall lead - Tour of California 20 Stage 5: Gaviria takes his second, Van Garderen still leader - Tour of California 20 Stage 4: Van Garderen wins ITT and takes leader’s jersey - Tour of California 20 Stage 2: Egan Bernal climbs to stage win and leader's jersey - Tour of California 20 Stage 1: Gaviria outguns Ewan and Sagan to take GC-lead - Tour of California 20 Route stage 1: Criterium Long Beach - Tour of California 20 Route stage 2: Ventura - Santa Barbara (Gibraltar Road) - Tour of California 20 Route stage 4: ITT in San Jose/Morgan Hill - Tour of California 20 Route stage 5: Stockton - Elk Grove - Tour of California 20 Route stage 6: Folsom - South Lake Tahoe - Tour of California 20 Route stage 7: Sacramento - Sacramento - Tour of California 20
More articles