The final stage of the Amgen Tour of California is a parade from Beverly Hills to Los Angeles (L.A. LIVE) where the sprinters take over, hoping to finally beat Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale)
“Hopefully, attack, one and done, the break goes.” Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell) said about the stage. “I can’t imagine people putting up with attacks all the way through that (12 miles to circuit). I wouldn’t want to put up with it, I would want to have a parade through Hollywood.”
Two days prior to the start of the seventh edition of the event, the Northern California native and the only rider to have raced every edition of the event shared his insights with podiuminsight on the stages.
Starting on Rodeo Drive, the riders turn on Santa Monica Boulevard and then north on Doheny Drive into the city of West Hollywood. Following the route of the famous LA Marathon, the race will reach Sunset Boulevard and then make a right turn, heading towards Hollywood. The route will then turn southeast and travel past Dodger Stadium. At Grand and Caesar Chavez avenues, the riders will enter the five-mile long circuit that will take riders through Chinatown, past Los Angeles City Hall, the historic Biltmore Hotel, Disney Hall and the LA Music Center as they race past STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE to the finish line. The riders will do a total of six circuits.
“One and done, parade through Hollywood, everyone is waving at the movie stars, trying not to hit the Bentleys, and several finishing circuits. Six laps, there’s plenty of time to get into some racing, it’s going to be over quick.” Jacques-Maynes continued with a laugh.
Though it is the first time that the Tour of California ends in Los Angeles, we’ve been here before. In 2010 to be precise for the time trial starting and ending at L.A. Live. “The circuit down there was very hilly, there was the long flat bit out and then you got up in some big… there was terrain there, there was some hills, up and down hills for a significant amount of time.” said Jacques-Maynes about the 2010 timetrial course.
In the past years, when the final stage happened to be a circuit race, many riders pulled the plug during the stage. Will the same happen this year?
“If you can’t race for 68 kilometers after you’ve been doing 185 kilometers every day, you have some pretty big problems.” commented Jacques-Maynes.
Stage 8 (Beverly Hills to Los Angeles) details:
- Length: 42.6 miles (68.5 km)
- Start time: 10:10 am PDT
- Finish time (ETA): 11:42 am – 11:58 am PDT
- Neutral section: 0.8 mile (1.3 km)
- Time bonus of 10, 6 & 4 seconds
- Sprint points of 15, 12, 10, 7, 6, 5,4, 3, 2, 1 points
- 1 Intermediate sprint for time bonus (3, 2, 1 seconds) and points (5, 3, 1 pts)
- at finish line at 5 laps to go (19.8 mile)
- KOMs: none