The Amgen Tour of California gets a two-for-one deal with the combination of San Jose and Morgan Hill co-hosting the 2018 Individual Time Trial. While San Jose is currently California’s third largest city, Tour fans will become familiar with its more reserved wild side, a symbiotic relationship with the more remote communities like Morgan Hill. Together, these towns have inspired and influenced each other to become the unique places we will see in May.
As one of the state’s largest metropolitan areas, and with a sizeable population of cycling enthusiasts, the Amgen Tour of California returns to San Jose in 2018 for the twelfth time in the race’s thirteen-year history. It is the first time that Morgan Hill hosts the Tour, although the 2013 Time Trial skirted the city’s northern boundaries. For its part, San Jose has hosted a finish on eight occasions with two being individual time trials. Both times San Jose hosted the individual time trial, the stage’s winner went on to win the race overall. In 2006, Floyd Landis put his stamp on Stage 3 and never looked back. In 2013, American Tejay van Garderen took first place and solidified his lead for the overall 2013 tour win. This 2018 Time Trial proves to be just as crucial.