Nineteen Elite Teams announced for 2011 Amgen Tour of California

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  1. steve

    steve Administrator
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    Aug 12, 2001
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    Press Release: Nineteen Elite Teams announced for 2011 Amgen Tour of California A world-class field of professional cycling teams, rivaling every other stage race in 2011, has once again been assembled for the upcoming Amgen Tour of California, the largest cycling event in America, which will travel nearly 800 miles throughout California from May 15 - 22, 2011. Announced today by AEG, presenter of the race, the lineup of teams includes 19 elite international and domestic squads, ensuring a spectacular racing competition for the sixth-annual event.

    With the race's move on the calendar to May last year, the Amgen Tour of California has further solidified its position as one of the most important cycling races in the world by continuing to draw the strongest and most talented field of teams ever assembled for a U.S. cycling race. This year is no exception.

    The 19-team field is comprised of a collection of the world's best professional cycling teams, including HTC-Highroad, the most successful team of the peloton with more than 400 wins since 2008, featuring sprint sensation Matthew Goss and promising young American Tejay Van Garderen; Team Garmin-Cervélo, one of the most powerful teams in the pro peloton with Americans David Zabriskie and Christian Vande Velde on the roster; three-time Amgen Tour of California champion Levi Leipheimer's team, Team RadioShack; Sky ProCycling, which features last year's overall Amgen Tour of California winner Michael Rogers; Saxo Bank Sungard, whose prolific sprinter Juan Jose Haedo will be looking to add to his fiveAmgen Tour of California stage wins this year; Rabobank Cycling Team, which includes Australian U23 world champion Michael Matthews; and BMC Racing Team, with veteran racing pro George Hincapie at the helm.

    The 2011 Amgen Tour of California roster includes the following 19 teams:

    UCI ProTeams
    • Sky ProCycling (GBR)
    • Rabobank Cycling Team (NED)
    • Team Garmin-Cervélo (USA)
    • HTC-Highroad (USA)
    • Team RadioShack ( USA)
    • Liquigas-Cannondale (ITA)
    • Saxo Bank Sungard (DEN)
    • Leopard Trek (LUX)
    • BMC Racing Team (USA)
    UCI Professional Continental Teams
    • Team NetApp (GER)
    • Team Type 1-sanofi aventis (USA)
    • Team Spidertech Powered By C10 (CAN)
    • UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling (USA)
    UCI Continental Teams
    • Movistar Team (COL)
    • Jamis-Sutter Home (USA)
    • Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth (USA)
    • Bissell Pro Cycling (USA)
    • Jelly Belly p/b Kenda (USA)
    • Kenda/5-Hour Energy Pro Cycling p/b Geargrinder (USA)
    "The caliber of teams participating in the Amgen Tour of California seems to grow with each passing year, which is a great testament to the status of our race on the professional racing calendar," said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports. "Beyond the incredible talent of Tour de France competitors, world champions, Olympic Champions and internationally known cyclists, is the amazing talent of up and coming American cyclists, like Peter Stetina of Team Garmin-Cervélo, Ben King of Team RadioShack and Tejay Van Garderen of HTC-Highroad. I am thrilled that our race gives them the opportunity to build their profile among cycling in the U.S."

  2. coneofsilence

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    Jul 26, 2006
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    Awesome, hoping to get down to see a stage or two but also could be flying back to Australia.