One of the best things about the Tour of California is the fantastic scenery on offer. Stage two takes the riders from the picturesque Sausalito to Santa Cruz.

For the first time in the race?s history the peloton will cross the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most iconic American structures.

After riding through the streets of San Francisco, the riders will head west down the California coastline.

With a couple of long steady ascents along the way, it may be enough to split the bunch but with a 26km descent in Santa Cruz it could give allow any opportunist stragglers to tag back onto the bunch.

Monday February 16

Sausalito-Santa Cruz

186.6km

imageAbove: stage two profile

imageAbove: stage two map