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2011 Amgen Tour of California: Sierra Snow Delays Race

Snowy weather conditions and freezing temperatures have delayed Stage One of the Amgen Tour of California. 

From a statement made by tour officials:

If the weather improves, a shortened stage will be started at 1:15 p.m. PT. We will continue to monitor the weather conditions and state of the roads and make a final decision at noon PT, with the riders’ safety as our number one priority.

The new route will continue to take the riders from South Lake Tahoe to North Star up the west side of Lake Tahoe. The stage will be approximately 50 miles. There will be no changes to the timing or the finish line at North Star. The Lifestyle Festival at North Star will open at noon PT as scheduled with the Amgen Breakaway Mile also remaining on-schedule for 2:30 p.m. PT

Poor weather conditions plagued the tour in 2008 and 2009, prompting race officials to move the race from February to May last year.  However, it looks like they couldn't escape Mother Nature's wrath this year.