This year the peloton will be once again faced with the hilly, technical terrain upon which George Hincapie escaped to victory in last year?s edition of the race.
Starting with a gentle 40km ascent out of Santa Clarita, through the San Gabriel Mountains and down into Pasadena.
With a tough mountain stage still to come, today?s stage could well be one for the breakaway artists as the overall riders still in contention seek to rest before the final selection on tomorrow?s slopes.
Saturday February 21
Above: stage seven profile
Above: stage seven map