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Serra High Grad to Defend Amgen Tour of California Title

The seventh annual Amgen Tour of California takes place May 13-20



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    Radioshack team rider Chris Horner receives kisses after winning the general classification of the 2011 AMGEN Tour of California from Santa Clarita to Thousand Oaks on May 22, 2011.

    Tierrasanta resident and defending champion Chris Horner is expected to be in the field for the 2012 Amgen Tour of California, which will include a 130-mile fourth stage that will make for the race's longest day.

    The seventh annual race, scheduled May 13-20, is expected to include about 140 of cycling's top riders.

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    Horner, who graduated from Serra High, earned the yellow jersey during the 2011 Amgen Tour of California.

    The roughly 800-mile route, which was announced Wednesday, will begin in Santa Rosa, Calif., and take riders into the rolling hills of Sonoma County.

    The fourth stage will take riders from Sonora to Clovis during the race's longest day.

    The concluding eighth stage begins on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and finishes in downtown Los Angeles.

    Three-time winner Levi Leipheimer will also race.

    Participating teams and individual riders will be announced in the weeks just prior to the race.

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