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Tour of California - 2.HC
USA, February 18-25, 2007
Stage 6 - February 24: Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita, 169.6km
This could be the pivotal stage for the 2007 edition. One of the longest stages at 105 miles, it is heavy on climbs with four KOMs, two Sprints, and a demanding finishing circuit in Santa Clarita. With the individual time trial late in the tour, there could be several riders separated by just a few seconds. After a start in view of the Santa Barbara shoreline, this stage will be the last chance for a solid favorite to emerge before the circuit race finale in Long Beach. Once the peloton hits Highway 150, the racers will face two KOMs before passing Lake Casitas and riding into the scenic town of Ojai for the first Sprint of the day. The third KOM will be just a few miles outside Ojai, and then the course will head downhill into Santa Paula for the second Sprint of the day among fragrant citrus groves. The ominous Balcom Canyon will be the final climb of the day. Three circuits end the day in Santa Clarita with a finish at McBean Parkway at the Valencia Town Center.