The women's event for the 2014 Amgen Tour of California features some of the world's best cyclists, organizers announced Wednesday.
The field includes U.S. champion Evelyn Stevens of Team Specialized-lululemon, who won the tour's individual time trial last year. Other top competitors are UnitedHealthcare's Alison Powers and Mara Abbott, twice the winner of the Giro d'Italia Femminile, world champion Amber Neben of FCS|Zngine, Tina Pic of DNA Cycling and Robin Farina of Spy Giant Ride.
Tour organizers expanded the women's racing to a second day this year by adding a 1.25-mile circuit course Sunday around the State Capitol in Sacramento. The field of 115 riders will begin after the eight-day tour opens Sunday with a 120-mile Stage 1 for the men.
Then 20 women also will compete Monday in Folsom on the same 12.6-mile individual time trial course as the men.
Bay Area-based Team Tibco is one of the 20 teams entered in the circuit race.
San Jose Giants
Trevor Brown hit a two-run homer and a two-run double, and Blake Miller broke a tie with a run-scoring single in the eighth inning as the San Jose Giants beat the Modesto Nuts 6-5 in a California League game at Municipal Stadium. Steven Okert struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his eighth save. The Giants had to rally in the bottom of the eighth after allowing three runs in the top half of the inning.
Stanford begins defense of its NCAA championship when it hosts Quinnipiac at 2 p.m. Friday at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium. Tulsa and Long Beach State meet at 11 a.m. The winners will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Cardinal is the No. 11 seed in the tournament.
Stanford faces Tulsa at 9 a.m. Saturday in Waco, Texas, in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The winner advances to face the winner between fifth-seeded Baylor and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday.
Stanford's Cameron Wilson and Patrick Rodgers are two of three finalists for the Ben Hogan Award. Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans is the third finalist.
Wire services contributed to this report.