Icy road conditions prompted Amgen Tour of California officials to move the start of today's second stage from Squaw Valley to Nevada City, with a 12:15 p.m. start planned. The sixth annual pro cycling race is still expected to arrive in Sacramento about 3 p.m.
The original 133.2-mile route has been shortened to approximately 72 miles. Following the cancellation of Sunday's opening stage from South Lake Tahoe to Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, the change means no racing at all in the Lake Tahoe area.
Riders are scheduled to follow the original route from Nevada City, at a lower elevation of 2,500 feet, and enter Sacramento around 3 p.m.
In Sacramento, riders will complete 3 1/2 circuits around the state Capitol instead of the original 1 1/2 loops.
"Thanks to the quick action taken by Duane Strawser, Nevada City's 2010 local organizing committee (LOC) chairman, we were able to make this location change, allowing us a great and practical location to lead off today's race," said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports, which owns and operates the race.
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