2016 Amgen Tour of California announces lineup
The 2016 Amgen Tour of California announced the fields for its men’s and women’s races earlier this month. And both of the races that will ride through the South Shore feature strong teams from throughout the world.
The 11th annual men’s event will include 10 UCI WorldTour Teams, the most in race history, as some of the top cyclists in the world face off across nearly 800 miles of California terrain May 15-22. The four-day Women’s Race empowered with SRAM will showcase some of the best talent in the sport and run in tandem May 19-22.
The men’s Stage 5 will start in Lodi, California, and finish at Heavenly Village in South Lake Tahoe. The women’s stage will go around the lake with both the start and finish at Heavenly Village.
MEN’S FIELD HIGHLIGHTED BY UCI WORLDTOUR TEAMS
The eight-stage men’s event will feature 18 of the world’s most decorated and esteemed teams competing for one of the sport’s most coveted titles.
UCI WorldTour teams and riders will include Tinkoff (Russia), whose renowned sprinter Peter Sagan (Slovakia) proved his all-around excellence to win the 2015 Amgen Tour of California by the closest margin in its history.
Rival sprinter Mark Cavendish (Great Britain) returns to California having won four stages last year. This time, he will ride for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka in its inaugural season as a UCI WorldTour team.
One of the select few pro cyclists from California, Peter Stetina will endeavor to improve his sixth-place finish in 2014 on his new team Trek-Segafredo as he mounts his return from a career-threatening injury last season.
“Stage 5 to South Lake Tahoe is special because I also live on the west shore of the lake part time — an ideal cycling location and one of the most picturesque places on Earth,” Stetina said.
The 18 professional men’s teams confirmed for the 2016 Amgen Tour of California include BMC Racing Team (United States), Cannondale Pro Cycling Team (United States), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team (Belgium), Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka (South Africa), Team Giant – Alpecin (Germany), Team KATUSHA (Russia), Team Lotto NL – Jumbo (Netherlands), Team Sky (Great Britain), Tinkoff (Russia) and Trek – Segafredo (United States) from the UCI WorldTour.
Three UCI Professional Continental Teams are in the men’s field: Direct Énergie (France), Team Novo Nordisk (United States) and UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (United States). The field is rounded out by UCI Continental Teams. Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team (United States), Holowesko | Citadel Racing Team p/b Hincapie Sportswear (United States), Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis (United States), Rally Cycling (United States) and Team WIGGINS (Great Britain).
WOMEN RACE IN INAUGURAL TOUR WITH OLYMPICS ON HORIZON
It’s a banner year for women’s cycling with the Rio Games on the horizon and roster slots to be determined, as well as the first-ever UCI Women’s WorldTour. The Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM will be the first North American stage race of the inaugural Women’s WorldTour.
The race will be more competitive than ever, with seven of the top-10 UCI-ranked teams in contention, including current top-ranked Wiggle High5. Among Twenty16 – Ridebiker’s roster will be Kristin Armstrong (Memphis, Tennessee), the most decorated woman cyclist in U.S. history.
The full list of confirmed teams for the 2016 Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM includes BePink (Italy), Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team (Netherlands), Canyon/SRAM Racing (Germany), Colavita | Bianchi p/b Vittoria Women’s UCI Pro Team (United States), Cylance Pro Cycling (United States), Drops Cycling Team (Great Britain), Hagens Berman | Supermint Pro Cycling Team (United States), Hitec Products (Norway), Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa (Great Britain), Rabo-Liv Women Cycling Team (Netherlands), Rally Cycling (United States), Team TIBCO-SVB (United States), Twenty16 – Ridebiker (United States), UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (United States), USA Cycling (United States), Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling (United States), Weber Shimano Ladies Power (ARG), Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling (Great Britain).
For more information, visit http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.
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