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Gordon Tokumatsu, Thomas Bravo
The Amgen Tour of California arrived in Los Angeles County Friday, just in time for riders to experience the last phase of the heat wave. Gordon Tokumatsu report from Newhall for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 16, 2014.
The Amgen Tour of California is underway and has made its way to Southern California.
The annual professional cycling stage race started in Sacramento Sunday. The tour continued from the Bay Area and down the Pacific Coast for the first five of eight stage races, with the final three being held in Southern California Friday through Sunday.
Stage 6 will start in the Newhall section of Santa Clarita Valley Friday, prompting road closures that have been in place since Thursday night. Main Street between Lyons Avenue and 6th Street is closed through Friday afternoon as cyclists prepare for their 11:35 a.m. departure toward Mountain High. The 95-mile ride will go through Green Valley and Palmdale before reaching the destination.
Drivers in the area should prepare accordingly. Residents who live along Placerita Canyon and Sand Canyon Road should expect a 40 minute delay in their commute, according to the Santa Clarita Valley Signal.
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More about Friday’s Stage 6 race can be found here.
Saturday’s Stage 7 race will start in Valencia and end in Pasadena. The final race of the tour, Stage 8, will be circuit race in Thousand Oaks Sunday.