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Rockslides force Tour of California to cut out Highway 1 sections

Four recent rock and mudslides hav forced organizers of the Amgen Tour of California to change the route of its fifth stage, removing some of the race's most scenic vistas on California Highway 1.

A breakaway on Highway 1 during stage 3 of last year's ATOC. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Four recent rock and mudslides have forced organizers of the Amgen Tour of California to change the route of its fifth stage, removing some of the race’s most scenic vistas on California Highway 1.

Stage 5, 135 miles long will still start in Seaside and finish in Paso Robles. Soon after the start, the peloton will head east through Fort Ord into Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, home of the Sea Otter Classic.  A few turns will take the riders onto Highway 68 and the first of four KOMs, Laureles Grade.  A fast four-mile descent will bring the race into Carmel Valley.

After the second sprint, in Greenfield, the scenery will change as the route enters a flat agricultural region. After passing King City and San Lucas, the route heads west to 30 miles of rolling hills into the finish.