Most Competitive Field Yet Assembled for America’s Eighth Annual Premier Cycling Race; Lineup to Include Gilbert, Horner, Sagan, van Garderen and Farrar
LOS ANGELES (March 7, 2013) – Amgen Tour of California organizers have selected 16 teams from among the best international and domestic squads to compete in the country’s largest professional road cycling stage race May 12-19, 2013. With full rosters yet to be announced, the field will include Olympic medalists, Tour de France competitors and the reigning world champion.
This year’s event will be headlined by eight of the world’s top ranking Pro Teams along with UCI Pro Continental and Continental squads, collectively representing nine countries. Included among the American teams are the top two U.S. Pro Teams: BMC Racing Team of Santa Rosa, Calif., whose roster includes current world road champion Philippe Gilbert of Belgium, and eight-time* participant Team Garmin-Sharp of Denver, which will be defending its record-setting three Overall Team Standings wins.
Returning for their sixth year of California competition are Belgium’s top team Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team and Italy’s top professional team Cannondale Pro Cycling. Other top World Tour teams selected include perennial powerhouse RADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK of Luxembourg, whose roster includes 2011 Amgen Tour of California champion Chris Horner of Bend, Ore., Australia’s top team ORICA-GreenEDGE, Denmark’s top professional team Team Saxo-Tinkoff, and Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team from the Netherlands.
“The Amgen Tour of California consistently attracts the world’s elite teams and riders, and has become one of the most important races on the international calendar,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the race and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “With our eighth edition this year, we are honored to again host one of the top fields ever assembled in a spectacular showcase for cycling fans in California and around the world.”