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Amgen Tour Lineup Announced

Cyclists from all over the world will converge in SCV for annual  event, including Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.

Joining the previously announced eight ProTour teams, nine
additional Pro Continental and Continental teams have been confirmed for the
2009 Amgen Tour of California by AEG, presenter of the professional cycling
race.  The nine-day stage race will feature 17 of the world’s top
professional teams, including world-renowned riders Lance Armstrong, two-time
defending champion Levi Leipheimer, three-time World Champion Oscar Freire and
2008 Olympic gold medal winner and world champion Fabian Cancellara, racing
more than 750-miles from the state’s capitol, Sacramento, to San Diego County.


The complete 2009 Amgen Tour of California
roster will feature the following 17 professional cycling teams:

·         Ag2r-La
Mondiale (FRA)

·         Astana

·         Bissell
Pro Cycling Team (USA)*

·         BMC Racing
Team (USA)*

·         Cervelo
Test Team (SUI)*

·         Colavita/Sutter
Home Presented by Cooking Light (USA)*

·         Fly V
Australia presented by Successful Living Foundation Team (AUS)*

·         Garmin-Chipotle

·         Jelly Belly
Cycling Team (USA)*

·         Liquigas

·         Ouch
Presented by Maxxis (USA)*

·         Quick Step

·         Rabobank (Netherlands)

·         Rock
Racing (USA)*

·         Saxo Bank

·         Team Columbia

·         Team Type
1 (USA)*

*Newly announced


"These 17 teams represent the strongest field we have
had at the Amgen Tour of California. 
We are delighted to have some of the world’s best and most established teams
and we welcome the new teams who will be racing with us for the first time,”
said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports.  “The level of competition
and talent for the fourth-annual Amgen Tour of California
rivals the top races in the world and demonstrates the importance of the United
States to professional cycling.”


Along with the Pro Tour teams, the growing class of top
domestic teams will be represented by return competitors Bissell Pro Cycling
Team, BMC Racing Team, Colavita/Sutter Home Presented by Cooking Light, Jelly
Belly Cycling Team, OUCH Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis (formerly Team
Health Net) and Rock Racing, and new competitors Cervelo Test Team, Fly V
Australia presented by Successful Living Foundation Team and Team Type 1.


"The BMC Racing Team for the 2009 Amgen Tour of California
will possibly be the strongest roster that we've fielded in any race since the
inception of the program,” said Gavin Chilcott, manager of the BMC Racing Team,
which is based in Northern California.  “New talent
has joined the team, and our two-week training camp in Northern
California will be ideal preparation for the race.  We've
investigated some of the courses, and overall I am very pleased with the
prospects for our group this year." 


Several of the 17 professional cycling teams will hold their
pre-season training camps in California,
which will give residents across the state an opportunity to watch these elite
athletes prepare for one of the top professional cycling races in the United

For more information about the teams competing in the 2009
Amgen Tour of California, please


Amgen Tour Lineup Announced

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