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Motorists Urged To Plan Ahead For Amgen Tour Of California Road Closures

  Rodrigo Pena / AP
 

Rodrigo Pena / AP

On Sunday morning, traffic through the city of Sacramento could be heavier than normal.

Mike Sophia with the Sacramento Sports Commission says as many as 50,000 people are expected to be in the city to watch the first stage of this year's Amgen Tour of California bicycle race. 

Street closures starts Friday night.

"They'll start to close down parts of L Street to set up the course," says Sophia. "The whole start finish around L and 11th will be closed Saturday -all day Saturday- and then Sunday, the entire loop around the Capitol will be closed all day."

The race is scheduled to start just before 11 a.m. Sunday. There will be rolling closures of 15 minutes along the race route as riders take 7th Street and Garden Highway out of Sacramento.  The race course will take them through Auburn and Eldorado Hills before returning them to the city through East Sacramento. 

While the men are riding through the countryside, the inaugural women's race around the Capitol is scheduled for noon.  There is also a community ride and cancer walk scheduled for the afternoon.  

The men's race is expected to end sometime after 3 o'clock.

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