Tour of California: stage eight preview

With four classified climbs on the agenda for today?s stage, there is still time left for overall contenders to cause an upset before the race reaches its conclusion.

The stage features the ascent of the mighty Palomar Mountain, standing at over 5,000ft, the highest point ever reached by the Tour of California.

With an average gradient of 7%, the ascent unfolds over almost 20km with 21 switchbacks.

It looks set to be an exciting finale with attacks on whoever still holds the yellow jersey almost guaranteed.

Sunday February 22

Rancho Bernardo-Escondido


imageAbove: stage eight profile

imageAbove: stage eight map