Peloton on stage two of the 2016 Tour of California

Where: USA
When: May 13-19 2018 (men) | May 17-19 (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. For 2018, there will be seven stages for the men from May 13-19, and three for women from May 17-19.

The Tour of California is 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.

The race is in both the UCI Men’s WorldTour series and the UCI Women’s WorldTour series and 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.

2017 Tour of California General Classification (men)

1 George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo, in 22-54-38
2 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 35 secs
3 Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac, at 36 secs
4 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team, at 45 secs
5 Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky, at 1-00
6 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Team UAE Emirates, at 1-54
7 Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data, at 1-55
8 Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky, at 2-12
9 Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb, at 2-15
10 Haimar Zubeldia (Esp) Trek-Segafredo, at 3-14

Tour of California: Recent winners (men)

2017 George Bennett (Team LottoNl-Jumbo)
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)

2017 Tour of California General Classification (women)

1 Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans, in 10:47:33
2 Katie Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling, at 1sec
3 Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women’s Team, at 31secs
4 Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling, at 34secs
5 Ruth Winder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling, at 38secs
6 Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women, at 44secs
7 Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank, at 54secs
8 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon SRAM Racing, at 1-39
9 Martina Ritter (Aut) Drops Cycling Team, at 1-42
10 Leah Thomas (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20, at 1-58

Tour of California: Recent winners (women)

2017 Anna Van Der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans)
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.