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SJ Bargains over City’s Role in Tour of CA

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In the five year history of the Amgen Tour of California San Jose has been only one of two cities that’s been part of every tour, but the city may not be involved in America’s biggest cycling event next year.

For the last two years San Jose has hosted a stage start to the race, but city officials have made it clear that they will only accept a stage finish for next years race.

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”We are going to try to put in a bid to get the finish stage for the Tour of California Race,” said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. “We’ve had a start, we’ve had a finish, we’ve been in it every year since it began, and we like the finishes because it’s a lot more exciting.”

Dan Fenton with Team San Jose, which includes the Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, says the city has earned the right to host a finish stage.

”We’re really one of the founding cities, one of the founding partners in helping Amgen be successful, so we feel that if we have the opportunity to have this here in San Jose it means more people getting exposed to it, more people staying in hotels, and more people eating in restaurants,” said Fenton.

A decision is expected next month. The 800-mile tour is scheduled to start on May 15th.

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