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Photos: Tour of California Begins in Northern California, Slowly Heads to L.A.
The 800-mile Amgen Tour of California got its start yesterday, making it way from Nevada City to Sacramento. 24-year-old Mark Cavendish, who is a 10-time Tour de France stage winner and is known for his sprinting skills, took the win for the day for the HTC-Columbia team. The 104.2-mile leg took him 4 hours 4 minutes 6 seconds.
Now in its fifth year, the tour is drawing large numbers of people. Lance Armstrong, who rode in support of last year's winner Levi Leipheimer, said he "was blown away by the amount of spectators along the route" on Twitter. When the tour hits downtown L.A. on Saturday, attendance records are expected to be broken.
In addition to downtown, the tour will also go from Palmdale to Big Bear, in the Santa Monica Mountains, giving Southern California three stages.
For the Record: An earlier version of this post said a stage went from Pasadena to Big Bear. As a commenter noted below, Station Fire-related damage has that stage going from Palmdale to Big Bear.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.