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Thousands Line South Coast Highways, Streets To Watch Nation's Largest Cycling Race

Spectators line up to see Amgen Tour of California pass through Ventura

Tens of thousands of people lined streets, and highways in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties Tuesday to watch some of the world’s top cyclists in action.

It was a fun afternoon for spectators in Ventura as they waited for the Amgen Tour of California. One of the most popular spots was corner of Sanjon Road, and Thompson Boulevard, where several hundred people waited. Hundreds of students from Lincoln Elementary School were part of the crowd. Andrea Sandoval is a parent, and says the kids were thrilled about the idea.

Jesse Theory of Ventura used his lunch break to watch the race, and says it’s fun to think some of the world’s top cyclists are using the same streets he rides. After all the waiting, the entire race zipped by in less than two minutes, to overwhelming cheers.

Julian Alaphilippe of France won Stage Three of the race, from Thousand Oaks to Santa Barbara.