Tour of California extends title sponsorship deal with Amgen

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Amgen is renewing its title sponsorship of the Tour of California in a multiyear deal with North America's highest-profile cycling event.

Tour owners AEG didn't disclose the length of the sponsorship deal announced Wednesday.

Amgen, a large biotechnology company headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California, has been a prominent supporter of the Tour since its inaugural edition in 2006.

The extended sponsorship agreement also includes collaboration on a program teaching elementary school students about healthy lifestyles and bike safety.

The seven-stage Tour of California is currently underway, with Egan Bernal of Team Sky holding the overall lead Wednesday after four stages. The race concludes Saturday in Sacramento after traversing more than 800 miles of California.

Entertainment conglomerate AEG also owns properties including Staples Center and Major League Soccer's LA Galaxy.

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