Teams announced for Tour of California |

Teams announced for Tour of California

AP Photo/Marcio Jose SanchezRiders head through Nevada City, Calif., at the start of the eight-day Tour of California cycling race Sunday, May 16, 2010.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The AMGEN Tour of California will bring 19 cycling teams from around the world to South Lake Tahoe to kick off the 7-day race, the largest of its kind in the U.S. Fourteen of the teams are returning and five teams are new to the tour.

“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-Cervelo, 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.”

The Tour of California begins May 15.

* Sky ProCycling (GBR)

* Rabobank Cycling Team (NED)

* Team Garmin-Cervelo (USA)

* HTC-Highroad (USA)

* Team RadioShack ( USA)

* Liquigas-Cannondale (ITA)

* Saxo Bank Sungard (DEN)

* Leopard Trek (LUX)

* BMC Racing Team (USA)

* Team NetApp (GER)

* Team Type 1-sanofi aventis (USA)

* Team Spidertech Powered By C10 (CAN)

* UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling (USA)

* Movistar Team (COL)

* Jamis-Sutter Home (USA)

* Kelly Benefit Strategies – Optum Health (USA)

* Bissell Pro Cycling (USA)

* Jelly Belly p/b Kenda (USA)

* Kenda/5-Hour Energy Pro Cycling p/b Geargrinder (USA)

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