There will never be anything to rival the Tour de France.
But why can't we at least try in the Tour of California? This state has the climbs and the flats to rival any of the great European Tours.
I don't want to see a yellow jersey on a leader or winner of the Tour of California. That's the Tour de France and we shouldn't copy them as we can see in the Giro de Italian or the Vuelta de Espania.
I suggest a Gold jersey. And I also suggest longer stages and some really hard stages thrown in. Mt. Diablo is certainly a hard ride and that stage was pretty good. But there weren't enough hard stages with a great deal more climbing. Remember that some of the mountain stages in the Tour de France have snow on them. So why isn't the Tour of California putting in stages into the Sierra Nevada as well as the Coastal Range? Why not a stage that starts in Sutter's Creek?
Let's impress the world with history as well as racing of the highest level. And let's be proud of our heritage. Sacramento and San Francisco have been Ameican since 1849 and while that's a drop in the bucket compared to the European nations it is still something to be proud of.
Let's see just how much of a man can wear the Gold Jersey.