13 March 2012

Tour of California teams announced for 2012

List of teams for the Amgen Tour of California & VIP
16 teams were announced for the 2012 Amgen Tour of California roster. The final rider start list will be announced closer to the race dates May 13-20, 2012. 
I am happy to see Omega Pharma-Quickstep returning to the race (not in the race last year), which guarantees Levi Leipheimer should be there to try to take back the win from last year's winner - Chris Horner, (now with RadioShack-Nissan-Trek). Also AG2R La Mondiale and GreenEDGE Cycling teams will be competing in the race this year. Team Type I is not on the roster for 2012, nor is the Jelly Belly team. No Mark Cavendish, or Bernie Eisel(!) either, since Team Sky is not listed. That is a bummer since they are my favorite photo ops. The good news is that reliable BMC, Rabobank (a major sponsor of the event), and Liquigas-Cannondale will be in the house

Mark your calendars, this race remains a favorite. Read more: “Most prestigious field of talent ever’ confirmed for Tour of California By VeloNation.
Teams cars at the 2011 Amgen Tour of California ©Photo by PedalDancer.com
UCI ProTeams
  • BMC Racing Team (USA)
  • Rabobank Cycling Team (NED)
  • Garmin- Barracuda (USA)
  • RadioShack-Nissan-Trek (LUX)
  • Liquigas-Cannondale (ITA)
  • Omega Pharma - QuickStep (BEL)
  • AG2R La Mondiale (FRA)
  • GreenEDGE Cycling Team (AUS) Orica GreenEdge (new team name May 2012)
UCI Professional Continental Teams
  • Team Spidertech Powered By C10 (CAN)
  • UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA)
  • Project 1t4i (NED) Team Argos-Shimano (new team name April 2012)
  • Colombia-Coldeportes (COL)
UCI Continental Teams
  • Team Optum Presented By Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA)
  • Bissell Pro Cycling (USA)
  • Team Exergy (USA)
  • Bontrager Livestrong Team (USA)
©Photo by PedalDancer.com
VIP Passes
VIP Experiences are also for sale now on the Amgen Tour of California website. Prices range from $200 for a standard VIP tent pass to $1800 for a time trial car ride, or up to $40,000 for a 200 person private hospitality suite - who's in? For more information on VIP packages contact Melissa Gruber 213.763.5489 mgruber@aegworldwide.com Jordan Goldberg 213.763.2652 jgoldberg@aegworldwide.com

See the new Leaders jerseys for the 2012 Tour of California: Jerseys of the 2012 Tour of California. Learn the teams jerseys and more about the teams:
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