Initial List of World-Class Riders Announced for 2008 Amgen Tour of CaliforniaDefending Champion Levi Leipheimer Returns for World-Class Stage Race
LOS ANGELES, February 12, 2008 – Top riders participating in the 2008 Amgen Tour of California were announced today by AEG Sports, presenter of the race. These riders will help comprise the field of 136 top athletes that will be competing in the third annual professional cycling stage race.
The 650-mile, eight-day stage race, modeled after the Tour de France and considered to be the most important and popular race held on U.S. soil, will take the world’s top professional cycling teams from Palo Alto-Stanford University to Pasadena from February 17-24. Renowned riders from the previously announced 17 professional cycling teams competing in the race include the following competitors.
Top Amgen Tour of California Contenders:
- Paolo Bettini (ITA), Quick Step
- Tom Boonen (BEL), Quick Step
- Fabian Cancellara (SUI), Team CSC
- Oscar Freire Gomez (ESP), Rabobank
- George Hincapie (USA), High Road
- Bobby Julich (USA), Team CSC
- Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana
- David Millar (GBR), Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30
- Fred Rodriguez (USA), Rock Racing
- Rory Sutherland (AUS), Health Net Presented by Maxxis
Top 2007 Tour de France Notables:
- Tom Boonen (Quick Step): Stage 6 and 12; first overall Sprint
- Fabian Cancellara (Team CSC): Prologue; Stage 3
- Kim Kirchen (High Road): Seventh overall
- Levi Leipheimer (Astana): Stage 19; third overall
2007 World Champion Medalists:
- Paolo Bettini (Quick Step): World Road Race Champion
- Fabian Cancellara (Team CSC): World Time Trial Champion
*Complete rosters to follow on Thursday
"The Amgen Tour of California offers the world’s best cyclists some of the most challenging terrain that California has to offer," said Kristin Bachochin, senior director of AEG Sports, presenter of the race. "This list of world-class riders solidifies the race's position as one of the premier cycling events in the world."
"This year’s race was extremely competitive," commented Levi Leipheimer after winning the 2007 Amgen Tour of California. "Without that level of competition this victory wouldn’t be as satisfying as it is. It’s really one of my most satisfying victories."
For more information about the 2008 Amgen Tour of California, please visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.
About the Amgen Tour of CaliforniaThe largest cycling event in America, the 2008 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style road race presented by AEG that will challenge the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding 650-mile course from Palo Alto-Stanford University to Pasadena from February 17-24, 2008.
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