Despite last year’s canceled Lake Tahoe stage of the Amgen Tour of California due to snow, at least one professional road cycling team has plans to return.
Liquigas-Cannondale, a professional Italian racing team in the UCI ProTour, will use North Lake Tahoe as its training grounds from Saturday, May 5 through Friday, May 11 in preparation for the upcoming Amgen Tour of California. The eight-stage race throughout the state is scheduled for May 13-20.
“Many cyclists got a taste of Lake Tahoe last May while training for the 2011 Amgen Tour of California,” said Chief Marketing Officer Andy Chapman of the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association. “These professionals had the opportunity to experience the beauty of the area first hand and its challenging, high-altitude terrain. Although last year’s Tahoe stages of the Amgen Tour of California were canceled due to an untimely snowstorm, riders have been eager to get back and hit our scenic steeps.”
According to Chapman, Liquigas-Cannondale will be difficult to miss while training in Lake Tahoe as they’ll be outfitted in their team jerseys and accompanied by support vehicles as they make their way around Lake Tahoe.
Visitors to the area may see the professional cyclists along Tahoe’s steepest roads, such as climbing Highway 267 from Kings Beach to Truckee, Highway 431 from Incline Village to Reno, up historic Old Highway 40 near Donner Lake or Highway 89 from Truckee to Downieville. The switchbacks of Emerald Bay have also been a popular training ground for other professional cyclists.
Liquigas-Cannondale team members training in Lake Tahoe include Vincenzo Nibali, Mauro Da Dalto, Kristjan Koren, Alessandro Vanotti, Alan Marangoni, Sthefano Agostini, Daniel Oss, Peter Sagan, Paolo Slongo, Dario Mariuzzo, Michele Pallini, Maros Hlad, Simone Schuler, Nazzareno Berto and Matteo Cornacchione.