It was announced in November that the Amgen Tour of California will be returning to Santa Clarita in 2013, for the fifth time. In addition to the tourist revenue for our valley, the Amgen Tour brings with it the prestige of an internationally-recognized cycling race.
CyclingNews.com has announced that the Amgen Tour is among the top four best stage races in the world, determined by their recent Reader Poll. The Tour de France took first place with 33.42 percent of the vote, while the Amgen Tour had 6.45 percent in fourth place.
The rest of the results are as follows:
- Tour de France (33.24 percent)
- Giro d'Italia (27.75 percent)
- Vuelta a España (23.14 percent)
- Amgen Tour of California (6.45 percent)
- USA Pro Cycling Challenge (6.27 percent)
- Paris-Nice (1.20 percent)
- Critérium du Dauphiné (0.92 percent)
- Giro Donne (0.49 percent)
- Tirreno-Adriatico (0.32 percent)
- Tour de Romandie (0.23 percent)