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Amgen cycling race kicks off in Santa Rosa

May 13, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A blockbuster bike race drawing pros from around the world kicked off in Northern California Sunday morning.

The 2012 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour-de-France-style cycling road race that covers nearly 750 miles starting in Santa Rosa and finishing in downtown Los Angeles next Sunday, May 20.

For the first time in the race's history, fans will have the opportunity to ride along 5 miles of the actual course's final stage, which runs from Beverly Hills to L.A. LIVE. That last stage covers just under 45 miles.