The prologue of the 2009 Tour of California will see Lance Armstrong make his first road race appearance on American soil since the announcement of his return from retirement last year.

Last year?s prologue winner, Fabian Cancellara, will once again be the favourite for the fast and flat 3.9km blast around the streets of Sacremento, ideally suited to his style of riding.

The route passes famous landmarks in Sacramento, including the Capitol Mall, Tower Bridge and the State Capitol.

Saturday February 14

Sacramento-Sacramento

3.9km

imageAbove: prologue profile

imageAbove: prologue map