America’s Premier Cycling Race Begins May 14 in Sacramento Featuring an International Field that Includes Eight World Champions, National Champions, Olympians and Tour de France Stage Winners
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (May 12, 2017) – Amgen Tour of California organizer AEG announced rosters for the 2017 UCI WorldTour race, which will run May 14-20 over 583 miles of picturesque California terrain from Sacramento to Pasadena.
Featuring 17 teams of eight cyclists representing 30 countries, the peloton will include eight World Champions, including reigning road race champion Peter Sagan, who also holds the record for Amgen Tour of California stage wins (15) and the 2015 race title. Competing by his side will be BORA-hansgrohe teammate Rafal Majka (POL), who won the road race bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.
Sagan will be defending the Visit California Sprint Jersey, which he’s won six times, against the likes of Team KATUSHA ALPECIN’S Alexander Kristoff (NOR), Quick-Step Floors’ Marcel Kittel (GER), Trek-Segafredo’s John Degenkolb (GER), Team Dimension Data’s U.S. rider Tyler Farrar and Team Sky’s Elia Viviani (ITA), who took gold in the 2016 Olympic Games Omnium event.
Two other riders return to defend jerseys won last year: Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team’s Toms Skujiņš (LAT), who earned last year’s Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey; and Rally Cycling’s Evan Huffman (Elk Grove, Calif.), fresh off his Tour of the Gila win, who captured the 2016 Lexus King of the Mountain Jersey. Huffman will have a challenge in Team Dimension Data’s Lachlan Morton (AUS) and BORA-hansgrohe’s Rafal Majka (POL), who won the Tour de France climbing contest last year.
With 25 U.S. riders in the field, including Cannondale-Drapac’s fan favorite Taylor Phinney (Boulder, Colo.), three who finished in the top-5 overall in last year’s Amgen Tour of California return seeking a podium spot: BMC Racing Team’s Brent Bookwalter (Rockford, Mich.), the only American cyclist to race in both the Tour de France and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games last year; Cannondale-Drapac’s Andrew Talansky (Key Biscayne, Fla./Napa, Calif.); and teammate Lawson Craddock (Houston, Texas) finished 3-4-5, respectively, in 2016. On their heels in 7th place last year was Team Lotto-NL Jumbo’s George Bennett (NZL), who will be contesting for top billing on the leader board along with 2015 7th place finisher Ian Boswell (USA) of Team Sky, who has since gained experience in two European Grand Tours.
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About the Amgen Tour of California
The Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race created and presented by AEG that challenges the world's top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course that traverses hundreds of miles of California's iconic highways, byways and coastlines each spring. The teams chosen to participate have included Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and World Champions. Amgen Tour of California is listed on the international professional cycling calendar (2 HC, meaning "beyond category"), awarding important, world-ranking points to the top finishers. More information is available at amgentourofcalifornia.com.
The first-ever U.S. UCI WorldTour course will cover more than 583 miles through 12 Host Cities May 14-20, including Sacramento, Modesto, San Jose, Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Ontario, Mt. Baldy, Big Bear Lake, Mountain High and Pasadena. The Amgen Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTM Women's Race empowered with SRAM May 11-14 will cover 256.6 miles through South Lake Tahoe, Elk Grove and Sacramento, concluding as the men’s race gets underway.
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