Amgen Tour Kicks Off in Sacramento

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America’s largest cycling race kicked off Sunday at the state Capitol. In the first stage of an 8-day 720 mile journey, hundreds of world renowned male cyclists traveled from Sacramento to Folsom and back.

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Women participating in the 2014 Amgen Tour of California competed separately in a 50-minute time trial around the Capitol. “It does bother me, I wish we could participate and head down South. We work our butts off just like the guys do,” said Millie Tanner, 16, of Irvine, California.

As thousands of spectators lined the streets Sunday, the Sacramento Police Department had more than 100 uniformed officers patrolling the event, which took place just 13 months after the Boston Marathon bombing.

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“We have been planning this for months… we had tons of officers out here, on foot, on bike and with K-9’s.” said Michelle Gigante with the Sacramento Police Department. Overall, Gigante tells FOX40 there were two minor arrests; one for theft and one for drinking in public.

Stage two of the Amgen Tour continues Monday in Folsom, before the cyclists begin their tour towards Thousand Oaks.

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