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2012 roster for Amgen Tour of California includes last year's winner Chris Horner, Jens Voigt, and the current US National Road Champion Matthew Busche, but no Schleck brothers or Fabian Cancellara. Team roster: George Bennett (NZl), Matthew Busche (USA), Chris Horner (USA), Markel Irizar (Spa), Ben King (USA), Tiago Machado (Por), Gregory Rast (Swi), Jens Voigt (Ger)
Levi Leipheimer is an unknown Update 05/11/12 3:08pm: Levi will race!
Levi is still deciding whether he can ride. Levi Leipheimer was injured when hit by a car one day prior to his planned start at Vuelta al Pais Vasco, in the Basque Country of Spain. He fractured his fibula on April 1st. Fractures typically take 6-weeks to heal. You can uarantee Levi's doctor, PT, and Levi himself are busy doing everything possible to get Levi onto the roster of his team Omega Pharma-Quickstep for 2012, but it is unknown as of today. The tour begins in 4 days. Sadly Levi's home town is Santa Rosa, California - the host city of the start of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California.
Levi Leipheimer has won Amgen Tour of California 3 times before (2007, 2008, 2009), came in 3rd in 2010 and 2nd in 2011. He is a fixture of the race, I hope Levi will be able to race or he will be greatly missed. I am betting Levi will be there, I hope he will be there to race. Levi has done much to promote cycling in the United States, and has the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado in August to look forward to. He recently made 2 spotlight videos for the Colorado tour, see Levi behind the scenes: Levi Leipheimer 's Life off the Bike (part 1), Levi Leipheimer 's Life off the Bike (part 2).
Levi tweeted this photo yesterday of his team enjoying a meal together at Riviera Restorante in Santa Rosa, a hint at who will be on the team's roster. And yes, that is the THE Tom Boonen at the dinner table. Everyone, every parent should bring their children and themselves out to see an icon of modern professional cycling, currently ranked the #1 rider in the World - former World Champion Tom Boonen, is a Belgian racing in California!
|Tom Boonen and his Omega Pharma-Quickstep team dining in Santa Rosa Photo Tweeted by Levi Leipheimer|
One of my favorite teams with my pick for the overall podium in 2012 - Tejay van Garderen, along with a crowd favorite - George Hincapie, have both been confirmed for 2012, also Chris Horner, and Jens Voigt.
Which American tour is the toughest?
- Tour of California: UCI 2.HC, 750 miles, +62,909ft elev, 8 Stages, 16 teams, May 13-20, 2012
- Tour of Utah: UCI 2.1, 400+miles, 6 Stages, 8 teams, August 7-12, 2012
- USA Pro Cycling Challenge: UCI 2.HC, 683 miles + altitude!, 7 Stages, 17 teams, August 20-26, 2012
If you are interested in seeing the climb profiles for the 2012 Grand Tours, visit Climb by Bike, a very resourceful site for climbs in Europe:
Pedal Dancer attending the 2012 Amgen Tour of California
I will be there! Happily attending Stages 5, 6, 7, and 8 as media. Along with a new Pedal Dancer Photographer - Willie Reichenstein, and a few of my family members. Come say hi to us if you see us on route. ~Karen
For more information on viewing the race as a fan read Pedal Dancer guides for fans:
Spectator Guide Amgen Tour of California
TOUR OF CALIFORNIA
Amgen Tour of California schedule of TV coverage