Published on Apr 2, 2015
As the Amgen Tour of California professional cycling race gears up for its 10th edition May 8-17, race organizer AEG has revealed one of the time-honored and fan-favorite aspects of any cycling race - the leader jerseys.

Champion System Returns as Exclusive Jersey Partner for Men's and Women's Events

LOS ANGELES (April 2, 2015) - As the Amgen Tour of California professional cycling race gears up for its 10th edition May 8-17, race organizer AEG has revealed one of the time-honored and fan-favorite aspects of any cycling race - the leader jerseys.

The 2015 edition of America's Greatest Race will feature some of the best men and women cyclists in the world competing across hundreds of miles of California's most picturesque scenery. Along the way, they will try to lay claim to unique jerseys that signify the best performers in traditional categories each day. Champion System returns as the race's exclusive jersey provider for the third consecutive year.

"The Amgen Tour of California has always been a great fit to showcase our cutting edge technical apparel for the world's elite cyclists. This year's 10th anniversary edition jerseys have been a decade in the making, and we are eager to see them claimed by the best riders in May," said Scott Kaylin, Champion System co-founder and president.

The five leader jerseys awarded daily at the Amgen Tour of California, America's largest and most prestigious professional race, each represent a different skill or achievement: overall race leader, "King of the Mountain/Queen of the Mountain," best sprinter, best young rider and most courageous rider. These five jerseys will be presented daily on stage near the finish line during a special awards ceremony where the recipients will be zipped into their custom leader designs. The leaders' names will be printed on the back of each jersey for them to wear the following stage, a tradition (personalizing the jerseys with the rider's name) that began at the 2013 Amgen Tour of California.

The 2015 Amgen Tour of California leader jerseys are:

  • Amgen Race Leader Jersey: The coveted yellow jersey will be awarded daily to the rider with the lowest cumulative time over the entire race. This traditional yellow jersey often changes hands from stage to stage as each day's results are added into the equation. It is possible for a rider to win the Amgen Race Leader Jersey without winning a daily stage since the jersey takes into account overall times.
  • Amgen Breakaway from Cancer(r) Most Courageous Rider Jersey: This meaningful jersey will be awarded daily to the cyclist who best exemplifies the character of those engaged in the fight against cancer - courage, sacrifice, inspiration, determination and perseverance.
  • Lexus King of the Mountain (KOM)/Queen of the Mountain (QOM) Jersey: This jersey will go to the peloton's strongest climber each day. A cyclist earns this jersey by collecting points at designated KOM/QOM locations at the tops of mountains and hills. Only the first three cyclists to reach the top on rated climbs receive points toward this award.
  • Visit California Sprint Jersey: The "green jersey" is awarded to the rider who accumulates the most bonus points based on Sprint Line performances and finishing the stage in the top ten. Cyclists who specialize in bursts of power and speed, or consistently finish near the top of each stage, have the best chance to wear this respected jersey. Visit California has been a jersey partner since the race's inception in 2006.
  • SRAM Best Young Rider Jersey: This jersey, sponsored by SRAM, will be awarded daily to the young rider with the least amount of elapsed time over the entire race to that point. Be on the lookout for these rising cycling stars.

"These athletes are best in class across the board, and one of the ways we pay tribute to them is with leader jerseys that reward their achievements every day of the race," said Kristin Bachochin Klein, executive director of the Amgen Tour of California and senior vice president of AEG Sports. "Every day at the Amgen Tour of California, fans get to bear witness to amazing feats and moments of triumph to be celebrated. We are thankful to Champion System for helping honor those moments."

For fans who want to take home the Amgen Tour of California look, leader jerseys just like the pros wear will be available at the Amgen Tour of California Lifestyle Festival near the finish line each day, and online at www.amgentourofcaliforniastore.com. Also available are items from the Amgen Tour of California limited edition 10th anniversary collection, including a 2015 commemorative jersey, while supplies last. Through April 30, free shipping will be included with any online purchase of $75 or more.

For further information about the Amgen Tour of California and to experience the race like never before with VIP Access, please visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

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 www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

This year, the course will traverse more than 700 miles and wind through 13 host cities, including Sacramento, Nevada City, Lodi, San Jose, Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Big Bear Lake, Ontario, Mt. Baldy, L.A. LIVE (Downtown Los Angeles) and Pasadena. The women's three-day stage race will travel more than 150 miles through South Lake Tahoe and Sacramento, followed by a 15-mile Invitational Time Trial in Big Bear Lake.

About Amgen
Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.

Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its biologics manufacturing expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.

About Lexus
Lexus launched in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since that time, Lexus has expanded its line-up to meet the needs of global luxury customers. Lexus is now going beyond its reputation for high quality vehicles with the integration of innovative technology, emotional exterior and interior designs, and engaging driving dynamics and performance. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models and one F performance model. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 235 dealers who are committed to exemplary customer service.

About Champion System
Champion System, a worldwide leader in custom technical apparel, was founded in 2005 and has quickly earned the reputation as a company offering the finest quality handmade garments for a wide range of sports and activities. Strong customer relationships and close collaboration with the world's top athletes has been the key to Champion System's success. The distinctive and stylish garments are worn by Olympians, National and World Champions, and recreational athletes of all levels. The goal is to allow the customer to be their own brand. Known far and wide for their solid commitment to pioneering, innovative, race-proven garments that can be customized with virtually any design. Along the way Champion System has revolutionized sublimation printing, redefined garment construction and simplified the custom ordering process. With offices in 22 countries Champion System continues to set the standard in the custom apparel industry. For more information visit champ-sys.com.

About AEG
AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Company, owns or controls a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center, StubHub Center, Sprint Center, The O2, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and Best Buy Theater Times Square; sports franchises including the Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings (NHL), two Major League Soccer franchises, two hockey franchises operated in Europe, management of privately held shares of the Los Angeles Lakers the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race; AEG Live, the organization's live-entertainment division, is a collection of companies dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring and a variety of programming and multi-media production. For more information, visit AEG today at www.aegworldwide.com.

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