Peloton on stage two of the 2016 Tour of California

Where: USA
When: May 14-20 2017 (men) | May 11-14 (women)
Rank: UCI 2.HC (men) | WorldTour (women)

Since it started in 2006, the Tour of California has become a premier race not just in the US, but for many European riders as well.

The Tour of California is also a great race to watch on television, with the stunning backdrop of the Californian scenery shown off by aerial footage of the peloton snaking its way through the countryside.

Despite the men’s race not being in the WorldTour, the sunny shores of California are attracting some of the biggest names as an alternative to the Giro d’Italia in Europe.

However, the weather can be as challenging as the race route, with both heavy snowfall and extremely high temperatures affecting various editions in recent years.

Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-QuickStep) won the 2016 Amgen Tour of California. The Frenchman took the race lead after winning stage three, and successfully defended his position at the top of the general classification despite being put under pressure during the race’s hilly stages.

Last year’s inaugural Women’s Tour of California was won by American Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans).

Amgen Tour of California 2017 map

Tour of California 2017 stages (men)
Stage 1, Sun May 14, Sacramento to Sacramento, 167.5km
Stage 2, Mon May 15, Modesto to San Jose, 144.5km
Stage 3, Tues May 16, Pismo Beach to Morro Bay, 192.5km
Stage 4, Weds May 17, Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita, 159.5km
Stage 5, Thurs May 18, Ontario to Mt. Baldy, 125.5km
Stage 6, Fri May 19, Big Bear Lake to Big Bear Lake, 24km ITT
Stage 7, Sat May 20, Mountain High to Pasadena, 125km

Tour of California: Recent winners (men)
2016 Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-QuickStep)
2015 Peter Sagan (Tinkoff)
2014 Bradley Wiggins (Sky)
2013 Tejay van Garderen (BMC)
2012 Robert Gesink (Rabobank)
2011 Chris Horner (RadioShack)
2010 Michael Rogers (HTC-Columbia)
2009 Levi Leipheimer (Astana)
2008 Levi Leipheimer (Astana)

Tour of California 2017 stages (women)
Stage 1, Thurs May 11, South Lake Tahoe to South Lake Tahoe, 117km
Stage 2, Fri May 12, South Lake Tahoe to South Lake Tahoe, 108km
Stage 3, Sat May 13, Elk Grove to Sacramento, 118km
Stage 4, Sun May 14, Sacramento to Sacramento, 70km

Tour of California: Recent winners (women)
2016 Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans)

Info: Men’s start list | TV guide

External links: Official website | Twitter – @AmgenTourofCali

Schedule of live television coverage of the 2017 Amgen Tour of California from May 14 to 20, with every stage live on Eurosport and on the official app.