World-Class Athlete Roster Announced for Inaugural Amgen Tour of California Cycling Road RaceRace Presenter AEG Releases Details of International Field for February 19-26 Event
LOS ANGELES, February 15, 2006 - AEG, organizers of the Amgen Tour of California, today announced the initial roster of professional cyclists submitted to the UCI (Union Cycliste International) for participation in the inaugural Amgen Tour of California (UCI 2.1), an internationally sanctioned professional cycling road race that will host 16 teams and 128 riders racing throughout California February 19-26, 2006.*
Attracting an unprecedented field of riders from more than 25 countries, the race will bring the top cycling talent in the world to compete across 600 miles of California roadway from San Francisco to Redondo Beach.
The collection of riders, considered one of the strongest fields of participants ever to race in the United States, includes Australian Michael Rogers of the T-Mobile Team, who will be the first rider to wear the world champion's jersey on U.S. soil since Greg Lemond in 1990. Other notable riders who will begin the race in San Francisco on February 19 include:
Three riders who placed in the top-ten of the 2005 Tour de France
- Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner), 6th
- Cadel Evans (Davitamon-Lotto), 8th
- Floyd Landis (Phonak Hearing Systems), 9th
- David Zabriskie (Team CSC), Stage 1
- George Hincapie (Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team), Stage 15
- Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team), Stage 17
- David Zabriskie (Team CSC), Stages 1-3; third American rider ever to lead the Tour de France
- Jens Voight (Team CSC), Stage 9
- Gilberto Simoni (Prodir-Saunier Duval), 2001 and 2003
- Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team), 2002 and 2005
- Michael Rogers (T-Mobile), Time Trial - 2003, 2004 and 2005
- Danny Pate (Team TIAA-CREF), U23 Time Trial - 2001
- Sergey Lagutin (Navigators Insurance), U23 Road Race - 2003
- Viatcheslav Ekimov (Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team), Silver
- Bobby Julich (Team CSC), Bronze
"The Amgen Tour of California is attracting a caliber of riders in its first year that is evidence of the high esteem the race is being given by the international cycling community," said Bob Colarossi, managing director of the Amgen Tour of California. "This field is unprecedented in the history of modern American cycling and we're excited to host such an accomplished group of cyclists. It's our goal to give them a first-class experience in California."
For more information about the athletes competing in the Amgen Tour of California, please visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.
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*Team rosters are subject to change.
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