Livermore kicks off next stage of Amgen Tour of California with bike night celebration 

Residents will be celebrating all things bicycle-related in downtown Livermore on Tuesday to kick off stage four of the Amgen Tour of California.

The bike tour started in Nevada City on Monday and is scheduled to end in Thousand Oaks on May 22.

Stage four of the tour is set to start in Livermore at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday. The athletes will bike 81 miles to San Jose, covering three grueling climbs along the way, according to the tour’s website.

Cyclist Ben Swift of Britain took the lead Monday after winning the 76.7-mile, weather-shortened and rainy opening stage of the tour.

Swift, 23, who competes for Team Sky, completed the road race from Nevada City to the state capital in 2 hours, 47 minutes and 12 seconds and earned his fifth win of the season.

Downtown Livermore restaurants, shops, and artists are planning to kick off stage four Tuesday with a Bike Night celebration, event organizers said.

Bike-themed food, drinks and art will be featured in downtown shops and restaurants.

Tuesday’s Bike Night is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.  

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

AEG, organizer of the Amgen Tour of California, shares the same owners as Clarity Media, which oversees The Examiner.

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