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SACRAMENTO --

Downtown Sacramento is covered in orange cones. Streets are closed, as the stage is set for a big event.

That big event: the 2015 Amgen Tour, bringing more than 100 of the best cyclists from around the world to Sacramento.

"It’s a great market out here in California. You see how cycling’s grown. The passion for the sport has grown over the years as well,” said Tour participant Mark Cavendish.

Cavendish won the Sacramento stage last year, by a small margin.

But he wants you to remember, he still came out on top.

"I think you won the stage by a few centimeters.” “Yeah, I still won the stage."

Cavendish is from Britain. But for other cyclists, the Amgen Tour is like coming home.

"This is it. We have other races in the U.S., we have nationals we have Colorado, but this is for me a home race,” said participant Andrew Talansky.

The eight day men`s race -- which covers more than 700 miles in California -- starts in front of the Capitol Sunday morning.

Hundreds of cheering fans are expected to line the streets for a glimpse of the herd of cyclists speeding by.

"We get a lot of activity in the store because of this event,” said City Bicycle Works Manager Bowen Doxsee.

All those people usually translate to a boost in profits for local businesses, especially bike stores.

"Whenever it’s in Sacramento, there’s a little bit more excitement out there. We get a lot of visitors from all over the world who come to follow the race for a week or so,” Doxsee said.

The men and women will race in Sacramento Sunday.

Monday, the second stage of the men's race goes from Nevada City down to Lodi.