Amgen Tour of California Starts in Escondido

The Amgen Tour of California launched in Escondido on Sunday, May 2013.

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The first of eight stages of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California got off to a thrilling – and hot – start Sunday in Escondido.
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Fans turned out Sunday for the race through San Diego's North County.
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Exciting was a word they said over and over.
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2013 Images: Cutouts, sumo costumes and cowbells are common along the route.
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2012 images: Officials said security for the riders was a top priority following the recent violence at the Boston Marathon.
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NBC 7's Danya Bacchus reports
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Sunday marked the first “stage” of the 2013 Amgen Tour, which now goes on to other cities across California.
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MT. BALDY, CA - MAY 19: Ryan Anderson of Canada riding for Team Spidertech Powered by C10 leads Guillaume Boivin of Canada riding for Team Spidertech Powered by C10 and Christophe Riblon of France riding for AG2R La mondiale up the Glendora Ridge Road KOM during stage seven of the Amgen Tour of California from Ontario to Mt. Baldy on May 19, 2012 in Mt. Baldy, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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SANTA CRUZ, CA - MAY 14: The peloton climbs up Bear Creek Road during stage two of the Amgen Tour of California from San Francisco to Santa Cruz on May 14, 2012 in Santa Cruz, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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2012 Images: Bystanders in Half Moon Bay watch the Amgen Tour.
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Chris Horner (C) of the USA riding for Radioshack rides in the peloton under escort from his teammates as he defended the overall leaders jersey during stage seven of the 2011 AMGEN Tour of California from Claremont to Mt. Baldy on May 21, 2011 in Mount Baldy, Calif.
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2009 IMAGES: The bicyclists listen to the national anthem from the front row prior to Stage 8 of the AMGEN Tour of California from Rancho Bernardo to Escondido on Sunday.
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2009 IMAGES: The group climbs Highland Valley Road during Stage 8 of the AMGEN Tour of California.
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2009 IMAGES: A view from the top as the tour descends into Valley Center.
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2009 IMAGES: Riding through Escondido, Lance Armstrong, riding for Astana, sets the pace at the front of the group. Armstrong supported his teammate Levi Leipheimer who won his third consecutive overall victory in the Tour of California.
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2009 IMAGES: Frank Schleck (Left) of Luxembourg and second place finisher Vincenzo Nibali (Right) of Italy are chased by fans on the climb of Cole Grade.
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2009 IMAGES: Jason McCartney, riding for Saxo Bank, climbs Lake Wohlford Road.
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2009 IMAGES: Frank Schleck of Luxembourg celebrates his victory in Stage 8.
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2009 IMAGES: The Overall winner Levi Leipheimer of USA celebrates after winning his third AMGEN Tour of California.
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2009 IMAGES: Mark Cavendish of Great Britain takes the podium to recieve the points leader jersey (and a kiss) after the race.
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2009 IMAGES: Lance Armstrong points to teammate Levi Leipheimer as Leipheimer won the overall victory in the AMGEN Tour of California, from Rancho Bernardo to Escondido.
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2009 IMAGES: Third place Michael Rogers of Australia, riding for Columbia-High Road, first place Levi Leipheimer and second place David Zabriskie of USA, riding for Garmin-Slipstream, pose together after completing Stage 8 of the Tour.
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2009 IMAGES: The best overall team, Team Astana. Members (from Left to RIght) include: Jose Luis Rubiera of Spain, Janez Brajkovic of Slovakia, Yaroslav Popovych of Ukraine, Lance Armstrong of USA, Gregory Rast of Switzerland, Steve Morabito of Switzerland, Levi Leipheimer of USA and Chris Horner of USA.
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