Snow delayed the start of the 6th annual Amgen Tour of California for the first time in its history, according to race officials.
The race, which was scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday and would lead racers around Lake Tahoe, was delayed 2.5 hours until race officials called off the first stage due to weather.
“The riders discussed as a group and we just don’t feel comfortable riding knowing what can happen,” three-time Amgen Tour of California champion Levi Leipheimer told a crowd of fans. “With the weather conditions the way they are, racing today is just not possible. On behalf of all the riders, we apologize and appreciate everyone’s support and understanding.”
Stage 2 is scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. Monday at Squaw Valley and has racers heading to Sacramento.
Race organizers said the first stage will not be made up and no points will be awarded.