Amgen Tour returns to Winters

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Get your spot on the sidewalk early and pay attention: When the last leg of the Amgen Tour of California explodes down the street, if you aren’t paying attention, the huge flash of color and motion will come and go in a blink on Saturday, May 19.

It has been several years since Winters was included on that route — 2009 — and now it’s back. Stage seven of the men’s competition will come streaking down County Road 89 and on to Railroad Avenue, over the new car bridge and then head east down Putah Creek Road, back to Sacramento where the entire seven-day, multi-stage race will conclude.

According to Rodney Fitzhugh, public information officer for the Woodland office of the California Highway Patrol, the cyclists are expected to come down County Road 89 (Railroad Avenue) and pass by Neimann Street between 11:46 a.m. and 12:11 p.m. They are expected to reach Putah Creek Road between 11:48 a.m. and 12:13 p.m.

In preparation for the event, rolling road closures are planned, including cross streets along Railroad Avenue.

Winters Police Chief John Miller says the rolling road closures will occur as the cyclists approach, and will remain in place until all have passed through. However, the cyclists may come in bunches.

“I was advised all racers should be through in about 10 minutes,” says Miller.  “I’m sure if there are big gaps, they will allow traffic through if it is safe to do so.”

He requested the public’s cooperation throught the duration of this leg of the race. Noting that there is “no way around it” and also that the City of Winters is not responsible for the race or the closures, Miller asked for patience from the public and drivers.

To see a map of State 7 of the Amgen Tour, visit


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