Ben Swift of Great Britain emerged from a massive sprint finish and took the lead Monday after winning the 76.7-mile, weather-shortened and rainy opening stage of the Tour of California.
The start of the Tour of California was wiped out Sunday because of snow, forcing organizers to cut the event from eight to seven stages.
Officials have still not decided whether the unusually cold temperatures forecasted for the first stage of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California will cause any changes to the route.
Two days to go until the AMGEN Tour of California begins in South Lake Tahoe and winds its way through the state.
The first stage of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California may be held in blustery conditions typically seen in the middle of winter rather than late spring.
Undeterred by the slap on the wrist a jury gave Barry Bonds, U.S. investigators are forging ahead in a separate drug-related case against another superstar athlete — Lance Armstrong.
The Tour of California has strengthened its anti-doping program to start pre-race testing earlier and have the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, not cycling’s governing body, oversee in-competition testing.