2014 Amgen Tour of California Team Rosters Announced

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Field of 128 Elite Cyclists Will Include Tour de France Champion;
Three of World’s Top-10 Cyclists; Six of World’s Top-10 Teams

LOS ANGELES (May 5, 2014) – The start list for the 2014 Amgen Tour of California was announced today by AEG, presenter of the race. With 128 riders from 16 elite professional cycling teams, the Amgen Tour of California is the most esteemed stage race in the U.S. and one of the most important on the international calendar.

With experts already predicting the 2014 edition will host the ninth annual event’s strongest and most competitive field to date, the race begins Sunday, May 11, and will include three of the world’s top-10 cyclists; Tour de France, Giro de Italia and Vuelta a España (Grand Tours) podium finishers; Olympic medalists; 10 World Champions; and six current National Champions, as well as exciting up-and-coming talent. All will be competing to take top honors in America’s most prestigious cycling race across more than 720 miles of California’s iconic highways, summits and coastlines May 11-18.

“We are honored to welcome such a stellar field of cyclists, many of whom have traveled across the world to compete at the 2014 Amgen Tour of California,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the race and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “We look forward to an exciting race with one the most accomplished fields of riders to date.”

The roster of cycling’s best is packed with some of the most decorated cyclists in the world, from Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins, the first cyclist in history to win Olympic gold and the Tour de France in the same year; to Omega Pharma – Quick-Step’s Mark Cavendish, who holds the third ever most Tour de France stage wins (25); to Cannondale’s Peter Sagan, who holds the record for the most Amgen Tour of California stage wins (10). The accolades held by the field of 128 are as lengthy as the start list itself, including:

World Champions (10)
· Thor Hushovd, BMC Racing Team (2010 Road Race, 1988 U23 Time Trial)
· Tom Boonen, Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team (2005 Road Race)
· Mark Cavendish, Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team (2011 Road Race, 2008 Madison-Track, 2005 Madison-Track)
· Taylor Phinney, BMC Racing Team (2010 U23 Time Trial, 2009 and 2010 Pursuit-Track, 2008 Junior Pursuit-Track, 2007 Junior Time Trial)
· Bradley Wiggins, Team Sky (2008 Team, Individual Pursuit-Track, Madison-Track, 2007 Team and Individual Pursuit-Track, 2003 Pursuit-Track)
· Matthew Goss, ORICA-GreenEDGE (2006 Team Pursuit-Track)
· Rohan Dennis, Team Garmin-Sharp (2011 and 2010 Team Pursuit-Track)
· Simon Yates, ORICA-GreenEDGE (2013 Points Race-Track)
· Jack Bobridge, Belkin Pro Cycling Team (2011 Team and Individual Pursuit-Track, 2010 Team Pursuit Track, 2009 U23 Time Trial, 2006 and 2007 Junior Team Pursuit-Track)
· Danny Pate, Team Sky (2001 U23 Time Trial)

Current National Champions (6):
· Peter Sagan, Cannondale Pro Cycling (Slovakia, Road)
· Thor Hushovd, BMC Racing Team (Norway, Road)
· Fred “Freddie” Rodriguez, Jelly Belly Cycling Team p/b MAXXIS (U.S., Road)
· Mark Cavendish, Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team (UK, Road)
· Tom Zirbel, Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies (U.S., Time Trial)
· Michael Schär, BMC Racing Team (Switzerland, Road)

Tour de France Stage Winners (6):
· Mark Cavendish, Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team (25)
· Thor Hushovd, BMC Racing Team (10)
· Tom Boonen, Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team (6)
· Jens Voigt, Trek Factory Racing (3)
· Peter Sagan, Cannondale Pro Cycling (4)
· Bradley Wiggins, Team Sky (2)

Grand Tour Overall Podium Finishers:
· Bradley Wiggins, Team Sky (1st 2012 Tour de France, 3rd 2011 Vuelta a España, 3rd 2009 Tour de France)

Fans can cheer on these world-class athletes in person on the 2014 Amgen Tour of California race course May 11 – 18, via daily broadcasts on NBC Sports Network and NBC Sports (final Sunday), or from anywhere with the free Tour Tracker app for tablets and mobile devices, 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.

BMC RACING TEAM USA BMC
1 – Peter Stetina USA
2 – Thor Hushovd NOR
3 – Martin Kohler SUI
4 – Amael Moinard FRA
5 – Taylor Phinney USA
6 – Michael Schar SUI
7 – Greg Van Avermaet BEL
8 – Lawrence Warbasse USA
Managers: Allan Peiper, Maximillian Sciandri

TEAM GARMIN-SHARP USA GRS
11 – Janier Acevedo Colle COL
12 – Tom Danielson USA
13 – Rohan Dennis AUS
14 – Caleb Fairly USA
15 – Phillip Gaimon USA
16 – Alex Howes USA
17 – Ben King USA
18 – Lachlan Morton AUS
Managers: Geert Vanbondt, Johnny Weltz

OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK-STEP BEL OPQ
21 – Tom Boonen BEL
22 – Mark Cavendish GBR
23 – Mark Renshaw AUS
24 – Niki Terpstra NED
25 – Matteo Trentin ITA
26 – Guillaume Van Keirsbulck BEL
27 – Stijn Vandenbergh BEL
28 – Martin Velits SVK
Managers: Wilfried Peeters, Brian Holm

TREK FACTORY RACING USA TFR
31 – Matthew Busche USA
32 – Markel Irizar Aranburu ESP
33 – Jesse Sergent NZL
34 – Jasper Stuyven BEL
35 – Danny Van Poppel NED
36 – Jens Voigt GER
37 – Calvin Watson AUS
38 – Haimar Zubeldia ESP
Managers: Fabio Gallopin, Luc Meersman

TEAM SKY GBR SKY
41 – Bradley Wiggins GBR
42 – Ian Boswell USA
43 – Joe Dombrowski USA
44 – Nathan Earle AUS
45 – Joshua Edmondson GBR
46 – Christian Knees GER
47 – Danny Pate USA
48 – Luke Rowe GBR
Managers: Kurt-Asle Arvesen, Knaven Servais

ORICA GREENEDGE AUS OGE
51 – Matthew Goss AUS
52 – Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio COL
53 – Mathew Hayman AUS
54 – Jens Keukeleire BEL
55 – Damien Howson AUS
56 – Jens Mouris NED
57 – Adam Yates GBR
58 – Simon Yates GBR
Managers: Matthew Wilson

CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING ITA CAN
61 – Peter Sagan SVK
62 – Maciej Bodnar POL
63 – Guillaume Boivin CAN
64 – Ted King USA
65 – Kristijan Koren SLO
66 – Fabio Sabatini ITA
67 – George Bennett NZL
68 – Cameron Wurf AUS
Managers: Alberto Volpi, Mario Scirea

BELKIN-PRO CYCLING TEAM NED BEL
71 – Laurens Ten Dam NED
72 – Jack Bobridge AUS
73 – Lars Boom NED
74 – Moreno Hofland NED
75 – Tom Leezer NED
76 – Nick Van Der Lijke NED
77 – Dennis Van Winden NED
78 – Maarten Wynants BEL
Managers: Nico Verhoeven

TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO NED GIA
81 – Lawson Craddock USA
82 – Roy Curvers NED
83 – Thomas Damuseau FRA
84 – John Degenkolb GER
85 – Chad Haga USA
86 – Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg RSA
87 – Koen De Kort NED
88 – Daan Olivier NED
Managers: Aike Visbeek

UNITEDHEALTHCARE USA UHC
91 – Lucas Euser USA
92 – Isaac Bolivar Hernandez COL
93 – Jonathan Clarke AUS
94 – Marc De Maar NED
95 – Christopher Jones USA
96 – John Murphy USA
97 – Kiel Reijnen USA
98 – Danny Summerhill USA
Managers: Hendrik Redant, Mike Tamayo

TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA GER APP
101 – Leopold König CZE
102 – David De La Cruz Melgarejo ESP
103 – Zakkari Dempster AUS
104 – Tiago Machado POR
105 – Jose Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes POR
106 – Andreas Schillinger GER
107 – Scott Thwaites GBR
108 – Paul Voss GER
Managers: Alexandre Sans Vega

TEAM NOVO NORDISK USA TNN
111 – Javier Megias Leal ESP
112 – Andrea Peron ITA
113 – David Lozano Riba ESP 114 – Martijn Verschoor NED
115 – Charles Planet FRA
116 – Joonas Henttala FIN
117 – Nicolas Lefrancois FRA
118 – Christopher Williams AUS
Managers: Vassili Davidenko, Pavel Cherkasov

OPTUM P/B KELLY USA OPM BENEFIT STRATEGIES
121 – Ryan Anderson CAN
122 – Alexander Candelario USA
123 – Bradley Huff USA
124 – Carter Jones USA
125 – Will Routley CAN
126 – Eric Young USA
127 – Tom Zirbel USA
128 – Scott Zwizanski USA
Managers: Jonas Carney, Eric Wohlberg

JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS USA JBC
131 – Serghei Tvetcov MDA
132 – Kirk Carlsen USA
133 – Luis Davila MEX
134 – Devon Dunn USA
135 – Matthew Lloyd AUS
136 – Sean Mazich USA
137 – Jacob Rathe USA
138 – Fred Rodriguez USA
Managers: Danny Van Haute, Matthew Rice

JAMIS-HAGENS BERMAN USA JSH P/B SUTTER HOME
141 – Juan Jose Haedo ARG
142 – Matt Cooke USA
143 – Ben Jacques-Maynes USA
144 – Daniel Alexander Jaramillo Diez COL
145 – Gregory Obando Brenes CRC
146 – Luis Romero Amaran CUB
147 – Robbie Squire USA
148 – Eloy Teruel Rovira ESP
Managers: Sebastian Alexandre, Hugo Pratissoli

BISSELL DEVLOPMENT TEAM USA BDT
151 – Tanner Putt USA
152 – Nicolai Brochner DEN
153 – Clement Chevrier FRA
154 – Gregory Daniel USA
155 – Ryan Eastman USA
156 – Tao Geoghegan Hart GBR
157 – James Oram NZL
158 – Ruben Zepuntke GER
Managers: Axel Merckx, Omer Kem

Total Riders 128
Total Countries Represented 28

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