Amgen officials can’t escape wet, drizzly conditions 

The strategy worked — for one day.

After reaping the rewards of moving the start of the Amgen Tour of California back three months with a beautiful, warm and calm summer day to open the eight-day event on Sunday, race officials received a rude awakening on Stage 2, when wet and cold conditions evoked parallels to past years of the Tour, when it was held during the winter months.

Temperatures hovered in the mid-50s and rain poured on the cyclists throughout the duration of the 4-hour, 40-minute ride from Davis to Santa Rosa, marking a far cry from the ideal weather conditions from Stage 1. The rain played a factor with live coverage of the event, as media helicopters were unable to gain flight clearance to capture footage of the race, forcing the Versus network to air a rerun of Sunday’s stage race.

Despite the inclement forecast, there was a strong outpouring of fans in Santa Rosa, the hometown of Levi Leipheimer, the Tour’s three-time defending champion.

Monday’s nasty weather may be an aberrant showing for the Tour, as temperatures are forecast to climb into the mid-60s and there is just a 10 percent chance of precipitation for Stage 3 today, which will bring the riders from San Francisco to Santa Cruz.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

 

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