2013 Tour of California Promises An Exciting 8 Days of Racing

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From World Champions to Olympians, Most Competitive Field in Eight Editions Features International and U.S. Cycling Superstars and Up-and-Comers

LOS ANGELES (May 8, 2013) – When the world’s most elite cyclists take the start line at the 2013 Amgen Tour of California professional road race in Escondido May 12, fans will spot some of the most notable professional cyclists from around the world. From veterans with multiple world titles under their belts to the leaders of the next generation of American cyclists, the peloton will be packed with fan favorites and a lot of talent.

“For the past eight years, the Amgen Tour of California has consistently drawn the top teams and competitors to race in California, the caliber of which hasn’t been seen in America in decades,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the race and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “We’re proud to have created an event that not only showcases the best in the world, but also gives young U.S. athletes a world stage on which to compete and grow to become the next cycling superstars.”

Over the past seven years, the race has become the largest cycling event in America, and is now one of the top races in the world. Whether competing for the overall title, or vying to shake things up on the course for a stage win, some of the most exciting moments of racing are expected from:

General Classification (Overall Contenders)
Tejay van Garderen (USA), BMC Racing Team
David Zabriskie (USA), Team Garmin-Sharp
Michael Rogers (AUS), Team Saxo-Tinkoff
Sylvain Chavanel (FRA), Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
Andy Schleck (LUX), RADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK
Timmy Duggan (USA), Team Saxo-Tinkoff
Thomas De Gendt (BEL), Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
Francisco Mancebo (ESP), 5-Hour ENERGY

Climbers
Andy Schleck (LUX), RADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK
Markel Irizar Aranburu (ESP), RADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK
Tejay van Garderen (USA), BMC Racing Team
Amael Moinard (FRA), BMC Racing Team
Timmy Duggan (USA), Team Saxo-Tinkoff
Francisco Mancebo (ESP), 5-Hour ENERGY presented by Kenda Racing Team
Mathias Frank (SUI), BMC Racing Team
Chris Butler (USA), Champion System Pro Cycling Team
Haimar Zubeldia (ESP), RADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK

Sprinters
Peter Sagan (SVK), Cannondale Pro Cycling
Tyler Farrar (USA), Team Garmin-Sharp
Thor Hushovd (NOR), BMC Racing Team
Cameron Meyer (AUS) ORICA GreenEDGE
Baden Cooke (AUS) ORICA GreenEDGE
J.J. Haedo (ARG), Team Jamis-Hagens Berman
Jacobe Keough (USA), UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
Frank Pipp (USA), BISSELL Pro Cycling
Lawson Craddock (USA), Bontrager Cycling Team
Lieuwe Westra (NED), Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
Boy van Poppel (NED), Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
Stage Wins (One-Day Strongmen)
Peter Sagan (SVK), Cannondale Pro Cycling
Jens Voigt (GER), RADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK
Cameron Meyer (AUS), ORICA GreenEDGE
Johan Van Summeren (BEL), Team Garmin-Sharp
Philippe Gilbert (BEL), BMC Racing Team
Brent Bookwalter (USA), BMC Racing Team
Brian Vandborg (DEN), Cannondale Pro Cycling
Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP), Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team

Time Trialists
Jens Voigt (GER), RADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK
David Zabriskie (USA), Team Garmin-Sharp
Bert Grabsch (GER), Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
Tejay van Garderen (USA), BMC Racing Team
Brent Bookwalter (USA), BMC Racing Team
Cameron Meyer (AUS), ORICA GreenEDGE
Jeremy Vennell (NZL), BISSELL Pro Cycling
Tom Zirbel (USA), Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies
Sylvain Chavanel (FRA), Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA), Team Jamis-Hagens Berman
Marco Pinotti (ITA), BMC Racing Team

Some other “riders to watch” include the healing heroes taking part in two Amgen Tour of California Ride 2 Recovery (R2R) Honor Rides in Escondido and Santa Rosa on race day to support R2R’s mental and physical rehabilitation programs that feature cycling as the core activity. And, there are plenty of ways to take in the pro action, whether in person on the race course May 12 – 19, via daily broadcasts on NBC Sports Network and NBC, or by downloading the free Tour Tracker app, which features live race updates, rider background and full race results. More information on all of the ways to watch is available at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

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