WOrld-Class FIELD ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2007 Amgen Tour oF California

PROFESSIONAL Cycling road race begins sunday in san francisco

February 18-25 Race Receives Highest UCI Designation for a Race Outside Europe

 

LOS ANGELES, February 14, 2007 – The world-class roster of teams and cyclists – considered to be the finest collection of talent to compete in a U.S. stage race – entered in the 2007

Amgen Tour of California, an internationally sanctioned professional cycling road race that will host 18 teams and 144 riders racing throughout California February 18-25, 2007, has been announced by race presenters AEG.*

In its second year, the race has already received an upgraded rating from the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the international governing body of cycling, to a 2. Hors Classe (2.HC), the highest rating a professional stage race outside of Europe can receive.

The race will bring the top cycling talent in the world to compete across 650 miles of California roadway from San Francisco to Long Beach .  Attracting an unprecedented field of riders from 28 countries, cyclists hail from countries as far away as Trinidad and Tobago , Lithuania , Uzbekistan , Cuba , South Africa , Belarus , Luxembourg and Kazakhstan . 

The collection of riders, considered the strongest field of participants ever to race in the United States , will include Discovery Channel Pro Cycling, T-Mobile, Predictor-Lotto, Health Net and Team CSC, which returns to defend the title as the overall classification winner of the 2006 Amgen Tour of California.  Some of the notable riders expected to begin the race in San Francisco on Feb. 18 include:

 

Top 2006 Tour de France Finishers:

 

Top 2006 Giro d’Italia Finishers:

 

2006 World Champion Medalists:

 

Top 2006 Amgen Tour of California Finishers:

                                 Dave Zabriskie (Team CSC): Second overall

                                 George Hincapie (Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team): Stage 2 and 5; fourth overall and third overall in sprint classification

                                 Levi Leipheimer (Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team): Prologue; sixth overall and first overall KOM

                                 Juan Jose Haedo (Team CSC): Stage 1 and 4; second overall in sprint classification

                                 Thomas Peterson (Team Slipstream Powered by Chipotle): First overall Best Young Rider

                                 Bobby Julich (Team CSC): Third overall

                                 Team CSC: Defending team champions

 

California Natives/Residents:

 

“We concentrated last year on making the inaugural Amgen Tour of California race experience great for riders, and that positive experience coupled with the phenomenal success of the race has resulted in one of the best fields ever to race on U.S. soil,” said Shawn Hunter, president of AEG Sports, presenters of the race.  “This field puts the Amgen Tour of California on par with the Grand Tours in Europe, and we’re thrilled to welcome such an accomplished group of cyclists from the international community to California .”

The 2007 Amgen Tour of California roster includes the following 18 professional cycling teams.  The nine ProTour teams compete regularly on the UCI's ProTour race calendar, including the Grand Tours of Europe: Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana.

 

*Team rosters are subject to change:

Pro Tour Teams

1.) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team ( USA )

Ivan Basso (ITA)

Antonio "Tony" Cruz (USA)

Tom Danielson (USA)

George Hincapie (USA)

Levi Leipheimer (USA)

Jason McCartney (USA)

Tomas Vaitkus (LIT)

Brian Vandborg (DEN)

 

2.) Team CSC (DEN)

Fabian Cancellara (SUI)

Juan Jose Haedo (ARG)

Bobby Julich (USA)

Karsten Kroon (NED)

Stuart O'Grady (AUS)

Christian Vandevelde ( USA )

Jens Voigt (GER)

David "Dave" Zabriskie ( USA )

 

3.) Quick Step-Innergetic (BEL)

Paolo Bettini (ITA)

Mauro Facci (ITA)

Leonardo Scarselli (ITA)

Bram Tankink (NED)

Matteo Tosatto (ITA)

Jurgen Van De Walle (BEL)

Geert Verheyen (BEL)

Giovanni Visconti (ITA)

 

4.) Predictor-Lotto (BEL)

Mario Aerts (BEL)

Bart Dockx (BEL)

Nick Gates (AUS)

Chris Horner ( USA )

Nic Ingels (BEL)

Josep Jufre Pou (ESP)

Matthew Lloyd (AUS)

Fred Rodriguez (USA)

 

5.) Rabobank Cycling Team (NED)

Mauricio Albert Ardila Cano (COL)

Graeme Brown (AUS)

Bram De Groot (NED)

Theo Eltink (NED)

Robert Gesink (NED)

Mathew Hayman (AUS)

Grischa Niermann (GER)

Michael Rasmussen (DEN)


6.) T-Mobile Team (GER)

Michael Barry (CAN)

Gerald Ciolek (GER)

Adam Hansen (AUS)

Greg Henderson (NZL)

Kim Kirchen (LUX)

Aaron Olson (USA)

Jakob Piil (DEN)

Michael Rogers (AUS)

 

7.) Liquigas Pro Cycling Team (ITL)

Kjell Carlstrom (FIIN)

Mauro Da Dalto (ITA)

Enrico Gasparotto (ITA)

Luca Paolini (ITA)

Franco Pellizotti (ITA)

Manuel Quinziato (ITA)

Charles Wegelius (GBR)

Frederik Willems (BEL)

 

8.) Crdit Agricole (FRA)

Dimitri Fofonov (KAZ)

Sebastien Hinault (FRA)

Thor Hushovd (NOR)

Mads Kaggestad (NOR)

Christophe Kern (FRA)

Christophe Laurent (FRA)

Cyril Lemoine (FRA)

Jean Marc Marino (FRA)

 

9.) Gerolsteiner (GER)

Robert Frster (GER)

Torsten Heikmann (GER)

Bernhard Kohl (AUT)

Sven Krauss (GER)

Volker Ordowski (GER)

Fabian Wegmann (GER)

Peter Wrolich (AUT)

Oliver Zaugg (SUI)

 

Pro Continental Teams

10.) The Health Net Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis ( USA )

Russell Downing (GBR)

Kyle Gritters ( USA )

Ryder Hesjedal (CAN)

Tim Johnson ( USA )

Karl Menzies (AUS)

Shawn Milne ( USA )

Kirk O'Bee ( USA )

Rory Sutherland (AUS)

 

11.) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team ( USA )

Glen Chadwick (NZL)

Hilton Clarke (AUS)

Ben Day (AUS)

Valeriy Kobzarenko (UKR)

Sergey Lagutin (UZB)

Darren Lill (RSA)

Viktor Rapinski (BLR)

Phil Zajicek ( USA )

 

12.) Team Slipstream Powered by Chipotle ( USA )

Steven Cozza (USA)

Jason Donald (USA)

Lucas Euser (USA)

William Frischkorn ( USA )

Patrick McCarty ( USA )

Danny Pate ( USA )

Thomas "Tom" Peterson ( USA )

Taylor Tolleson ( USA )

 

Continental Teams

13.) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team ( USA )

Chris Baldwin ( USA )

Heath Blackgrove (NZL)

Ivan Dominguez (CUB)

Justin England (USA)

Mark Scanlon (IRL)

Sean Sullivan (AUS)

Henk Vogels (AUS)

Chris Wherry ( USA )

 

14.) BMC Racing Team ( USA )

Jonathan Garcia (USA)

Ken Hanson (USA)

Ian McKissick (USA)

Alex Moos (SUI)

Scott Nydam (USA)

Michael Sayers (USA)

Jackson Stewart (USA)

David Vitoria (SUI)

 

15.) Jelly Belly Cycling Team ( USA )

Andrew Bajadali (USA)

Alex Candelario (USA)

Brian Dziewa (USA)

Brice Jones (USA)

Mike Jones (USA)

Bryce Mead ( USA )

Jeremy Powers ( USA )

Nick Reistad ( USA )


16.) Colavita/Sutter Home Presented by Cooking Light Team ( USA )

Alejandro Acton (ARG)

Gustavo Artacho (ARG)

Anthony Colby (USA)

Charles Dionne (CAN)

Davide Frattini (ITA)

Peter Hatton (AUS)

David McCann (IRL)

Tyler Wren  (USA)

 

17.) Priority Health Cycling Team Presented by Bissell ( USA )

Emile Abraham (TTO)

Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA)

Edward "Ted" King ( USA )

Robbie King ( USA )

Garrett Peltonen (USA)

Brian Sheedy (USA)

Tom Zirbel (USA)

Scott Zwizanski (USA)

 

National Teams

18.) USA Cycling National Development Team ( USA )

Brent Bookwalter ( USA )

Sheldon Deeny ( USA )

John Devine (USA)

Caleb Fairly (USA)

Zachary Grabowski (USA)

Scott Stewart ( USA )

Chris Stockburger ( USA )

Tejay Van Garderen ( USA )

 

For more information about the 2007 Amgen Tour of California, as well as a nightly viewing schedule on VERSUS, please visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com