Severe Weather Cancels Amgen's First Stage

The first stage of the Amgen Tour of California has been cancelled because of bad weather in the Sierra.The riders were lined up and ready to race when officials made the call.

“We were monitoring weather conditions up until the predicted 1:15 p.m. PT start time, and we just couldn’t safely put the riders out on the course with the current forecast,” said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports. “We appreciate the support of all the fans that came out to the start line in South Lake Tahoe, and we hope they understand and respect our decision, but when the safety of riders and fans is involved, there is no leeway. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the start tomorrow in Squaw Valley.”

Bicylists agree with the decision. "There was definitely a concern with the safety of the course and the really fast descent. If it's icy, you don't have control of your bike. At the end of the day, they just prioritized safety. It's really unfortunate for the fans. The way the sport is going, I think it's important that everyone agrees on the final decision and supports the organization, " said George Hincapie, BMC Racing Team.

Instead, Stage 1 will start Monday in Squaw Valley with a neutral start lap at 10:15am and then will head to the finish in Sacramento.