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Tour of California returns to Gibraltar Road in 2018

The men's race kicks off May 13 with a stage around Long Beach, and the women's three-day race starts on May 17 with a stage around Elk Grove. CG/Tim De Waele/Corbis via Getty Images

The Amgen Tour of California confirmed the host cities for its 2018 event, which will traverse the state from south to north before ending in Sacramento.

As is customary, the event will feature both men's (seven stages) and women's (three stages) races. The women's race will take place the same days as the final three stages of the men's race, and both will finish in the same city each of those days.

The men's race kicks off May 13 with a stage around Long Beach. From there, it will travel north through areas such as Santa Barbara County, Monterey County, San Jose, and South Lake Tahoe. The Santa Barbara County stage will finish atop the Gibraltar Road climb, while the South Lake Tahoe stage ends at 6,500 feet above sea level.

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