11 May 2012

Team Rosters and Sponsors 2012 Tour of California

Riders, Teams and their Sponsors for the 2012 Amgen Tour of California
This is the official list of riders competing at the ATOC May 13-20, 2012. Levi Leipheimer announced this afternoon (3:08pm) that he will compete in the tour. Listed below are also the team Sponsors, those companies offering major funding to each team. There will be 128 riders on 16 elite professional cycling teams, 750 miles over 8 Stages with 62,909 ft of elevation gain. And now because I am a compiling freak - more than you would ever want to know about team sponsorships by Pedal Dancer ...

Major Sponsors of the Amgen Tour of California include Amgen, AEG. Event Sponsors include: 10Speed Coffee, Akamai HD Network, Bianchi, Bissell, Breakaway from Cancer, Visit California,  Cannondale, Cliff Bar Coca-Cola, Crunchies, CyclingNews.com, Exergy, Hincapie Sportswear, Livestrong, Kenda, Michelob, NBC Sports, Nissan, Optum, Rabobank, RadioShack, Scott, Specialized, Speedplay, Spidertech, SRAM, STRAVA, Strider, Sutter Home, United Healthcare, Yakima, ZD Wines Napa Valley, Zipp.

Country: France
Sponsor: AG2R a French-based interprofessional insurance and supplementary retirement fund group, and La Mondiale Group, a French-based international group for supplementary pension and estate planning insurance.
Additional team technical and equipment sponsors
Team website: www.cyclisme.ag2rlamondiale.fr/
Bike: Kuota
Team Jersey:
AG2R La Mondiale Team Roster:
              BARDET  Romain                      FRA
              BOUET  Maxime                        FRA
              CHEREL  Mikael                        FRA
              GEORGES  Sylvain                    FRA
              MONDORY  Lloyd                     FRA
              NOCENTINI  Rinaldo                ITA
              RIBLON  Christophe                  FRA
              ROCHE  Nicolas                         IRL

Country: Nederlands
Sponsor: Argos North Sea Group, an independent oil company based in the Netherlands, and Shimano a Japanese multinational manufacturer of cycling components, fishing tackle, and rowing equipment.
Additional team technical and equipment sponsors
Team website: www.1t4i.com/ (team recently changed their name)
Bike: Felt
Team Jersey:
Argos-Shimano Team Roster:
              DAMUSEAU  Thomas            FRA
              DE KORT  Koen                      NED
              DOI  Yukihiro                           JPN
              DUMOULIN  Tom                   NED
              GENIEZ  Alexandre                 FRA
              KITTEL  Marcel                       GER
              KLUGE  Roger                         GER
              STAMSNIJDER  Tom              NED

Country: USA
Sponsor: BMC a Swiss-based bicycle frame manufacturer.
Bike: BMC 
Team Jersey: Hincapie Sportwear
BMC Team Roster:
              BOOKWALTER  Brent             USA
              CUMMINGS  Stephen              GBR
              EIJSSEN  Yannick                     BEL
              HINCAPIE  George                   USA
              MORABITO  Steve                   SUI
              ROE  Thimothy                          AUS
              VAN AVERMAET  Greg           BEL
              VAN GARDEREN  Tejay          USA

Country: USA
Sponsor: A privately owned vacuum cleaner and floor care product manufacturing corporation headquartered in Walker, Michigan, started in 1886, the company also owns Woolite®.
Bike: Pinarello
Team Jersey:
Bissell Team Roster:
              BALDWIN  Christopher          USA
              BEVIN  Patrick                        NZL
              DAHLHEIM  Andrew             USA
              JACQUES-MAYNES  Ben      USA
              JONES  Carter                          USA
              PIPP  Frank Kevin                    USA
              VENNELL  Jeremy                   NZL
              YOUNG Eris                             USA

Country: USA
Sponsor: Bontrager owned by Trek Bicycle Corporation is a  manufacturer and brander of bicycle components including tires, wheels, handlebars, stems, seatposts, and saddles, and Livestrong a foundation to support cancer research/cancer patients.
Additional team technical and equipment sponsors: (?)
Team website: www.bontragerlivestrong.com
Bike: Trek
Team Jersey:
Bontrager Livestrong Team Roster:
              ATKINS  Joshua                           NZL
              BOSWELL  Ian                            USA
              BROWN  Nathan                          USA
              CRADDOCK  Lawson                 USA
              DOMBROWSKI  Ryan                USA
              LLOYD Joseph                             USA
              MANNION  Gavin                       USA
              STUYVEN  Jasper                        BEL

Country: Columbia
Sponsor: Coldeportes, Colombian institute of Sports – directly connected to the Ministry of Culture – whose mission is to enhance and support sports practice and education in Colombia.
Bike: Bianchi
Team Jersey:
Colomvia-Coldeportes Team Roster:
              ATAPUMA HURTADO  Darwin                  COL
              DUARTE AREVALO  Fabio Andres           COL
              GONZALEZ BARRERA  Javier                  COL
              PENA GRISALES  Victor Hugo                  COL
              QUINTERO  Carlos Julian                           COL
              RODRIGUEZ GALINDO  Michael             COL
              MARENTES TORRES Wilson Alexander   COL
              SUAREZ SUAREZ  Juan Pablo                   COL

Country: USA
Sponsor: Exergy Development Group plans and owns commercial renewable generation facilities.
Bike: Felt
Team Jersey: Castelli
Exergy Team Roster:
              ALZATE ESCOBAR  Carlos Eduardo COL
              COOKE  Matt                                       USA
              DIAZ CORRALES  Andrès Miguel     COL
              JOHNSON Sam                                    USA
              LOADER  Logan                                  USA
              RODRIGUEZ  Fred                              USA
              SCHMITT  Morgan                              USA
              TVETCOV  Serghei                             MDA

Country: USA
Sponsor: Garmin a maker of global positioning devices (GPS), and Barracuda a worldwide leader in email and Web security.
Bike: Cervelo 
Team Jersey: Castelli
Garmin-Barracuda Team Roster:
              DANIELSON  Thomas           USA
              HAAS  Nathan                        AUS
              HAUSSLER  Heinrich            AUS
              HOWES  Alex                         USA
              PETERSON  Thomas              USA
              RATHE  Jacob                         USA
              TALANSKY  Andrew             USA
              ZABRISKIE  David                 USA

Country: Italy
Sponsor: Liquigas, a provider of liquified gas products in Italy, and Cannondale an American bicycle manufacturing company.
Bike: Cannondale 
Team Jersey: Sugoi
Liquigas-Cannondale Team Roster:
              DA DALTO  Mauro                 ITA
              DUGGAN  Timothy                 USA
              KING  Edward                         USA
              KOREN  Kristijan                    SLO
              NIBALI  Vincenzo                   ITA
              OSS  Daniel                              ITA
              SAGAN  Peter                          SVK
              VANOTTI  Alessandro             ITA

Country: Belgium
Sponsor: Omega Pharma a Belgian Pharmaceutical company, and QuickStep a manufacturer of laminate flooring.
Bike: Specialized 
Team Jersey:
Omeag Pharma-Quickstep Team Roster:
              BOONEN  Tom                          BEL
              CIOLEK  Gerald                        GER
              DEVENYNS  Dries                    BEL
              GRABSCH  Bert                        GER
              LEIPHEIMER  Levi                   USA
              RABON  Frantisek                     CZE
              VANDENBERGH  Stijn            BEL
              VELITS  Peter                            SVK

Country: USA
Sponsor: Optum a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, and Kelly Benefit Strategies a group insurance broker and consultant that specializes in healthcare.
Bike: Orbea
Team Jersey:
Optum Kelly Benefits Team Roster:
              BAJADALI Andrew                     USA
              CANDELARIO  Alexander          USA
              CREED  Michael                          USA
              FRIEDMAN  Michael                  USA
              HANSON  Ken                             USA
              SALAS Sabastian                         CAN
              ZIRBEL  Tom                               USA
              ZWIZANSKI  Scott                      USA

Country: Australia
Sponsor: Orica Limited an Australian mining services, chemicals and explosives company, and Greenedge a group formed with financial backing from Australian businessman Gerry Ryan who owns Jayco Australia a manufacturer of recreational vehicles.
Additional team technical and equipment sponsors (see sponsor tab)
Team website: www.greenedgecycling.com
Bike: Scott
Team Jersey:
Orica-GreenEDGE Team Roster:
              DURBRIDGE  Luke                   AUS
              HOWARD  Leigh                        AUS
              MCEWEN  Robbie                     AUS
              MEYER  Cameron                      AUS
              MEYER  Travis                          AUS
              SULZBERGER  Wesley             AUS
              WEEINING Peter                       NED
              WILSON  Matthew                    AUS

Country: Nederlands
Sponsor: Rabobank is a financial services provider with offices worldwide. Their main location is in the Netherlands. They are a global leader in Food and Agri financing and in sustainability-oriented banking.
Additional team technical and equipment sponsors
Team website: www.rabosport.com 
Bike: Giant
Team Jersey:
Rabobank Team Roster:
              GESINK  Robert                        NED
              KELDERMAN  Wilco               NED
              MARTENS Paul                         GER
              MATTHEWS  Michael              AUS
              SANCHEZ GIL  Luis Leon       ESP
              TANKINK  Bram                       NED
              TEN DAM  Laurens                   NED
              TJALLINGII  Maarten               NED

Country: Luxembourg
Sponsor: Radioshack a chain of electronics retail stores in the United States, as well as parts of North America, Europe, South America and Africa, and Nissan a car manufacturer, also Trek an American bicycle frame manufacturer.
Bike: Trek
Team Jersey: Craft
RAdioShack-Nissan-Trek Team Roster:
              BENNETT  George                        NZL
              BUSCHE  Matthew                        USA
              HORNER  Christopher                  USA
              IRIZAR ARANBURU  Markel     ESP
              KING  Benjamin                            USA
              MACHADO  Tiago                        POR
              RAST  Grégory                              SUI
              VOIGT  Jens                                  GER

SPIDERTECH powered by C10 (SPI)
Country: Canada
Sponsor: A Canadian supplier of kinesiology tape for rehab, performance, and recovery, and C10 an alliance of Canadian Businesses supporting Canadian sporting excellence.
Bike: Argon
Team Jersey:
Spidertech C10 Team Roster:
              ANDERSON  Ryan                        CAN
              BOILY  David                                CAN
              BOIVIN  Guillaume                       CAN
              EUSER  Lucas                                USA   
              HOULE  Hugo                                CAN
              KUNZLI Raymond                         SUI 
              MC CARTY  Jonathan Patrick       USA
              VANDBORG  Brian                       DEN

Country: USA
Sponsor: UHC a managed health care company headquartered in Minnetonka, Minnesota,
Bike: Neilpryde Bikes
Team Jersey: 
UnitedHealthcare Team Roster:
              CLARKE  Jonathan              AUS
              DE MAAR  Marc                 AHO
              DEIGNAN  Philip                 IRL
              JONES  Christopher              USA
              LOUDER  Jeffry                   USA
              MCCARTNEY  Jason           USA
              SUTHERLAND  Rory          AUS
              WHITE  Bradley                    USA

Amgen Tour of California Press Release 05/11/12: 
The elite field includes Tour de France, Tour of Italy and Tour of Spain (Grand Tours) podium finishers, Olympic and World Championship medalists and several current National Champions of their countries. Featured riders included:

Grand Tour Overall Podium Finishers
Vincenzo Nibali (ITA), 2011 Tour of Spain; 1st place; 2011, 2nd place overall Tour of Italy
Peter Velits (SVK), 2010 Tour of Spain; 2nd place
Levi Leipheimer (USA), 2007 Tour de France, 3rd place

Tour de France Stage Winners NOTE: includes team time trial wins
Robbie McEwen (AUS), Orica-GreenEDGE (12)
Tom Boonen (BEL), Omega Pharma-QuickStep (6)
George Hincapie (USA), BMC Racing Team (4)
Jens Voigt (GER), RadioShack-Nissan-Trek (3)
David Zabriskie (USA), Garmin-Barracuda (2)
Heinrich Haussler (AUS), Garmin-Barracuda (1)
Christophe Riblon (FRA), AG2R La Mondiale (1)
Tom Danielson (USA), Garmin-Barracuda (1)

World Champions
Tom Boonen (BEL), Omega Pharma-QuickStep; 2005, Road Race
Michael Matthews (AUS), Rabobank Cycling Team; 2010, U23 Road
Bert Grabsch (GER), Omega Pharma-QuickStep; 2008, Time Trial
Luke Durbridge (AUS), Orica-GreenEDGE; 2011, U23 Time Trial, 2009, U19 Time Trial
Gerald Ciolek (GER), Omega Pharma-QuickStep; 2006, U23 Road
Peter Velits (SVK), Omega Pharma-QuickStep; 2006, U23 Time Trial
Stephen Cummings (GBR), BMC Racing Team; 2005, World Pursuit, Track

Olympic Medalists
Levi Leipheimer (USA), 2008, Bronze, Time Trial
Stephen Cummings (GBR), 2004, Silver, Team Pursuit

Current National Champions (by country)
Matthew Busche (USA), RadioShack-Nissan-Trek; USA, Road
David Zabriskie (USA), Garmin-Barracuda; USA, Time Trial
Cameron Meyer (AUS), Orica-GreenEDGE; AUS, Time Trial
Marc De Maar (AHO), UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling; CAR, Road Race and Time Trial
Bert Grabsch (GER), Omega Pharma-QuickStep; GER, Time Trial
Peter Sagan (SVK); Liquigas-Cannondale; SVK, Road
Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (ESP), Robabank Cycling Team; ESP, Time Trial

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More fan information to help you enjoy attending the race: 
Pedal Dancer Spectator Guide Amgen Tour of California
TV Schedule Amgen Tour of California schedule of TV coverage
Thank you to Steephill.TV for publishing the preliminary team rosters.
Official 2012 Classification Jerseys: Peloton ATOC
Cycling's elite descend on Amgen Tour of California By CyclingNews.