Tour of California
The Tour of California ( German Tour of California ) is an American bicycle race.
The stage race was held for the first time in February 2006 on eight sections and performs each year about 1,100 kilometers along the West Coast of the United States along. It is part of the UCI America Tour and was ranked first in the category 2.1. The main sponsor is the biotechnology company Amgen, which in 1985 developed the first artificial erythropoietin, which became known as blood doping agent EPO in cycling. This had led to controversy among fans.
In his second year in 2007, the race was a category promoted to 2nd HC and has thus become the largest and most important stage race in the United States. 2010, the race was first held in May.
- 2013 Tejay van Garderen United States
- 2012 Netherlands Robert Gesink
- 2010 Australia Michael Rogers
- 2009 United States Levi Leipheimer
- 2008 United States Levi Leipheimer
- 2007 United States Levi Leipheimer
- 2006 United States Floyd Landis