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Final teams announced for 2013 Amgen Tour of California

Posted: March 7, 2013 3:45 p.m.
Updated: March 7, 2013 3:45 p.m.
 

Santa Clarita – A world-class field of professional cycling teams has once again been assembled for the upcoming Amgen Tour of California, the largest cycling event in America which will travel throughout California May 12-19, 2013. Presenter of the race, AEG announced earlier today the lineup of teams which includes 16 elite international and domestic squads, ensuring a spectacular racing competition for the eighth annual event. The City of Santa Clarita will host both a Start and Finish Stage on Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

“Santa Clarita is very excited to welcome these professional racing teams as they ride through the community for the one of the best events on the international calendar taking place right here in California,” said Mayor Bob Kellar. “Every year, the Amgen Tour of California attracts the top teams and riders in the world, and the City is thrilled to be a part of one of the world’s greatest showcases for professional cycling.”

This year’s event will be headlined by eight of the world’s top ranking Pro Teams along with UCI Pro Continental and Continental squads, collectively representing nine countries. Included among the American teams are the top two U.S. Pro Teams: BCM Racing Team of Santa Rosa, California, whose roster included current world road champion Philippe Gilbert of Belgium, and eight time participant team Garmin-Sharp of Denver, which will be defending its record-setting three Overall Team Standings wins.

Returning for their sixth year of California competition are Belgium’s top team Omega Pharma- Quick-Step Cycling Team, who has confirmed Tom Boonen, who last year became the first rider to win all four “cobbled classics” in Europe, for the race; and Italy’s top professional team Cannondale Pro Cycling. Other top World Tour Teams selected include perennial powerhouse RADIOSHAP LEOPARD TREK of Luxembourg, whose roster includes 2011 Amgen Tour of California champion Chris Horner of Bend, Oregon, Australia’s top team ORICA- GreenEDGE, Denmark’s top professional club Team Saxo- Tinkoff, and Vancansoleil- DCM Pro Cycling Team from the Netherlands.

The 2013 Amgen Tour of California roster includes the following 16 professional cycling teams:

UCI Pro Teams:

BCM Racing Team, USACannondale Pro Cycling, ItalyOmega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team, BelgiumORICA GreenEDGE, AustraliaRADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK, LuxembourgTeam Garmin-Sharp, USATeam Saxo- Tinkoff, DenmarkVacansoleil- DCM Pro Cycling Team, The Netherlands

UCI Professional Continental Teams:

Champion System Pro Cycling Team, ChinaTeam NetAPP- Endura, GermanyUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, USA

UCI Continental Teams:

5-hour ENERGY presented by Kenda Racing Team, USABISSELL Pro Cycling, USABontrager Cycling Team, USAOptum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies, USATeam Jamis – Hagens Berman, USA

Several teams returning this year have made many prior appearances including seven-time participant BMC Racing Team, which in addition to Gilbert will race Tejay van Garderen, the top American finisher in the 2012 Tour de France.

“The Amgen Tour of California is a big objective of mine because it's not very often that we get to race in front of a home crowd. So I'm really going to relish that,” said Tejay van Garderen, BMC Racing Team. “If we can go into the hometown of the BMC Racing Team (Santa Rosa) on the last day in the leader’s jersey, that would be a special feeling. I'd love to be able to do that and to pay back the team for the support it's given to me. To get the reception of the crowd in a situation like that would definitely be a career highlight.”

For more information on teams competing in the 2013 Amgen Tour of California, please visit AmgenTourOfCalifornia.com.

For additional information about the Santa Clarita stages for the race, please visit Santa-Clarita.com/TourOfCA or call the City’s Arts and Events Division at (661) 286-4018.

About Amgen

Amgen discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science's promise by bringing safe and effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious illnesses. With a broad and deep pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people's lives.

To learn more about Amgen's pioneering science and vital medicines, visit www.amgen.com. To learn more about Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer initiative, visit www.breakawayfromcancer.com.

About AEG

AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Company, owns or controls a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center, Sprint Center, The O2, NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE and NOKIA Theatre Times Square; sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), two Major League Soccer franchises, a Major League Lacrosse team, two hockey franchises operated in Europe, management of privately held shares of the Los Angeles Lakers, the ING Bay to Breakers foot race and the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race; AEG LIVE, the organization’s live-entertainment division, is a collection of companies dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring and a variety of programming and multi-media production. For more information, visit AEG today at www.aegworldwide.com.

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