Amgen Tour of California to Race Through the South Bay

Cyclists will race through parts of the South Bay Tuesday during the third stage of the Amgen Tour of California.

The latest stage in the statewide race starts in Stockton at 10 a.m., but it won’t roll through Morgan Hill until the afternoon.

More than 100 elite cyclists on 19 teams started the tour Sunday in Sacramento. Monday’s stage included a climb to South Lake Tahoe. Tuesday’s 126-mile stage will include a climb up Mount Hamilton before cyclists sprint to the finish at the Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center.

“Stage 3 is particularly exciting because it’s a long race, but it also has six independent climbs, 10,000 feet of elevation,” Morgan Hill Economic Development Director Edith Ramirez said. “So the riders are going to be coming into Morgan Hill tired. They’re going to be coming into a sprint at the finish line with some very sharp turns. They’re going to be blazing to the finish line.”

Stretches of Monterey Road, Coachrane Road, Butterfield Boulevard, Main Avenue and Condit Road are slated to close between 2:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. to accomodate the race’s end.

Morgan Hill Unified School District has also adjusted its school schedules to avoid traffic headaches and allow for students and their families to watch the racing action.

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