SACRAMENTO, CA - The Sacramento Sports Commission, a division of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, along with the City and County of Sacramento are proud to announce the return of the Amgen Tour of California to Sacramento for the start of the ninth edition of America's largest cycling race. The eight-day stage race will begin in front of the state's Capital Building before traveling north-to-south from May 11-18, 2014 along more than 700 miles of scenic roads through some of California's most picturesque backdrops.

Considered America's largest and most prestigious cycling event, the Amgen Tour of California is projected to bring 2,790 total room nights to Sacramento with an estimated economic impact of $8,440,285. This year, the first day of racing will begin and finish in Sacramento, which previously hosted 2009's prologue as well as the stage finishes in 2007, 2008, 2010 & 2011.

"We are very excited to welcome the Amgen Tour of California back to Sacramento," said Steve Hammond, president & CEO of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau.  "While this event brings significant and measurable economic impact to the region, it also offers tremendous marketing and exposure opportunities for Sacramento that position California's Capital City in a very positive light."

After departing Sacramento, the tour will continue through eleven host cities during the eight day event including Folsom, San Jose, Mt. Diablo, Monterey, Cambria, Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Mountain High, Pasadena and Thousand Oaks.

Amgen returns as the race's title sponsor for the ninth consecutive year, continuing to leverage the event to raise awareness of the important resources available to people affected by cancer - from prevention through survivorship - through its Breakaway from Cancer® initiative. (For more information, www.breakawayfromcancer.com)

About the Amgen Tour of California

The Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race created and presented by AEG that challenges the world's top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course that traverses hundreds of miles of California's iconic highways, byways and coastlines each spring. More information is available at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

About the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau

The mission of the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau is to strengthen the positive awareness of the City and County of Sacramento as a convention and visitor destination to increase revenue and stimulate economic development and growth for the community.