This just in from the organizers of the Tour of California:
"Due to severe road damage on the Angeles Crest Highway (Route 2) above La Cañada Flintridge caused by the recent winter storms, we have been forced to change the route for Stage 6 of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California. This change is being made at the direct request of Caltrans, which has notified us that due to the potential safety hazards, the road will be unable to accommodate our race. Stage 6, scheduled for May 21, 2010, will no longer start in Pasadena and we are working to secure a new stage start, which we are hopeful of announcing in the coming days.
Stage 6 will still finish in Big Bear Lake as planned and we look forward to a challenging stage in the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains.
As long-term partners with Pasadena, we appreciate how graciously they have handled this difficult situation. We look forward to returning to Pasadena soon."
-- Andrew Messick
President, AEG Sports
It's a shame Pasadena won't be hosting again this year, as it's a great city to visit. But fortunately the finish at Big Bear Lake is still a go. I'm sure the organizers are working pretty hard to come up with a comparably challenging route. If you'd like to see the old route, go here: http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/docroot/media/2010/2010-stage6-map.pdf