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Amgen stage 1 in the books; stage 2 takes Lake Tahoe today (videos)

Stage 1 of the Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women's Race is in the books. American Megan Guarnier, of team Boels-Dolmans, was the top finisher in the roughly 73-mile race that circled Lake Tahoe.

"My teammates do hard work all day," said Guarnier. "And they set me up perfectly to have success here."

Guarnier was Amgen's overall winner in the 2016 race. This year's race has three remaining stages before concluding in Sacramento Sunday, May 14. The race, which concluded at approximately 2 p.m., had clear skies and minimal wind for the entirety of Thursday's ride. The event takes months of careful planning and coordinators say Thursday's portion of the race went off without a hitch.

"You couldn't have asked for a better day in terms of the weather, the backdrop, the competition," said Kristin Klein, Amgen Tour of California president. "It was a phenomenal day for everybody."

The tour is a huge event for not only the communities around Lake Tahoe, but people who travel hundreds of miles to spectate. Michael Lynch traveled all the way from San Diego to cheer on all the teams.

"I came last year and it was so much fun," said Lynch. "I'm a cyclist myself and I'm a big fan of the sport. I got to ride here a couple of days last year and I fell in love with the area. There's nothing quite like this scenery and terrain."

Stage 2 will begin today at the Heavenly California Lodge at approximately 10:25 a.m. and conclude the Heavenly California Lodge at approximately 2 p.m.

Video courtesy of Jamie Orr