World Champions, National Champions, Olympians and Tour de France Stage Winners to Feature in America’s Premier Cycling Race
LOS ANGELES (May 11, 2018) – AEG, presenter of the 13th annual Amgen Tour of California, today announced rosters for the 2018 professional cycling race that runs May 13-19 across 645 miles from Long Beach to Sacramento.
Featuring 17 teams of cyclists representing 30 countries, the peloton will include seven World Champions, including three-time and reigning titleholder Peter Sagan, who also holds the record for Amgen Tour of California stage wins (16) and the 2015 race title. Sagan will be defending the Visit California Sprint Jersey, which he’s won seven times, against the likes of UAE Team Emirates’ Alexander Kristoff (NOR), KATUSHA ALPECIN’S Marcel Kittel (GER) and Team Dimension Data’s Mark Cavendish.
Sagan’s BORA-hansgrohe teammate Rafal Majka (POL), who won the Tour de France climbing contest in 2016 and road race bronze at the Summer Olympic Games that year, will be challenged in the mountains – which begin early this year with the daunting Gibraltar climb on Stage 2 – by Team Sky’s Egan Bernal (also the current Columbian National Time Trial Champion) and Trek-Segafredo’s Toms Skujins (LAT). Skujins took mountain stage victories in two past editions (2015, 2016).
With 27 U.S. riders in the field of 117, some sure to animate the course include BMC Racing Team’s 2013 race champion Tejay van Garderen (Tacoma, Wash.); Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale teammates Taylor Phinney (Boulder, Colo.) and Lawson Craddock (Houston, Texas), who has won the Best Young Rider competition twice in California; as well as another former Best Young Rider Nielson Powless (Sacramento, Calif.) in his WorldTour debut season with LottoNL-Jumbo; Rally Cycling’s Evan Huffman (Elk Grove, Calif.), who won two stages last year as well as the King of the Mountains prize in 2016; Trek-Segafredo’s lead man Peter Stetina (Santa Rosa, Calif.) and Team Sky’s Ian Boswell (Bend, Oregon).
Fans can stay up to date on the race via daily live airings on NBC Sports Network and NBC, and via the free Tour Tracker app presented by Microsoft for mobile and desktop devices. The Amgen Tour of California Women's Race empowered with SRAM UCI WorldTour race showcasing the world’s best women cyclists will run concurrently May 17-19, covering 187 miles over three stages.
Amgen Tour of California fans can connect with the race through all of their favorite social media platforms and use #AmgenTOC to join the conversation.
About the Amgen Tour of California
The Amgen Tour of California and the Amgen Tour of California Women's Race empowered with SRAM are Tour de France-style cycling road races created and presented by AEG. Running concurrently, the races challenges the world's top professional cycling teams to compete along demanding courses that traverse 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, and award important, world-ranking points to the top finishers. More information is available at amgentourofcalifornia.com.
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