Published on May 5, 2015
Star-Studded Peloton to Feature Cavendish, Farrar, Gesink, Kittel and Sagan

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LOS ANGELES (May 5, 2015) - On May 10 outside the State Capitol building in Sacramento, 144 cyclists from 18 elite professional teams will line up to begin eight days of fierce competition in the 2015 Amgen Tour of California. Only one among the field of world, national and Olympic champions will be crowned the victor at the race's conclusion in Pasadena May 17 (full roster attached).

Celebrating its 10th year, the Amgen Tour of California is the most esteemed stage race in the U.S. and one of the most important on the international cycling calendar. The field features some of the most decorated sprinters in the world: Marcel Kittel, Mark Cavendish, Tyler Farrar, Matthew Goss and Peter Sagan, who holds the all-time Amgen Tour of California stage win record with 11, to name a few. And rounding out the general classification are powerhouse riders like Robert Gesink and Laurens ten Dam, alongside promising young riders like Warren Barguil, winner of two stages in the Vuelta a Espana and Lawson Craddock, who took the Best Young Rider prize at the past two Amgen Tour of California races.

With the cyclists preparing to face off across 724 California miles from May 10-17, some of the favorites in various categories include:

General Classification (Overall Contenders)

  • Andrew Talansky (USA), Team Cannondale-Garmin
  • Ian Boswell (USA), Team Sky
  • Janez Brajkovic (SLO), UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
  • Joe Dombrowski (USA), Team Cannondale-Garmin
  • Joey Rosskopf (USA), BMC Racing Team
  • Laurens ten Dam (NED), Team LottoNL-Jumbo
  • Lawson Craddock (USA), Team Giant-Alpecin
  • Martin Kohler (SUI), Drapac Professional Cycling
  • Matthew Busche (USA), Trek Factory Racing
  • Peter Kennaugh (GBR), Team Sky
  • Phil Gaimon (USA), Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
  • Robert Gesink (NED), Team LottoNL-Jumbo
  • Sergio Henao (COL), Team Sky
  • Warren Barguil (FRA), Team Giant-Alpecin


  • Ben Swift (GBR), Team Sky
  • Danny Van Poppel (NED), Trek Factory Racing
  • Gerald Ciolek (GER), MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung
  • Graeme Brown (AUS), Drapac Professional Cycling
  • Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (ESP), Trek Factory Racing
  • Sebastian Haedo (ARG), Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
  • Marcel Kittel (GER), Team Giant-Alpecin 
  • Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx - Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team 
  • Mark Renshaw (AUS), Etixx - Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team 
  • Matthew Goss (AUS), MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung 
  • Peter Sagan (SVK), Tinkoff-Saxo 
  • Theo Bos (NED), MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung 
  • Tyler Magner (USA), Hincapie Racing Team 
  • Tyler Farrar (USA), MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung 
  • Eric Marcotte (USA), Team Smartstop


  • Carter Jones (USA), Team Giant-Alpecin
  • Joseph Rosskopf (USA), BMC Racing Team
  • Lachlan Norris (AUS), Drapac Professional Cycling
  • Robert Gesink (NED), Team LottoNL-Jumbo
  • Laurens ten Dam (NED), Team LottoNL-Jumbo
  • Joe Dombrowski (USA), Team Cannondale-Garmin
  • Phil Gaimon (USA), Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
  • Robin Carpenter (USA), Hincapie Racing Team
  • Sergio Henao (COL), Team Sky
  • Will Routley (CAN), Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies

Stage Wins (One Day Specialists)

  • Alex Howes (USA), Team Cannondale-Garmin
  • Bernhard Eisel (AUT), Team Sky
  • Julian Alaphillipe (FRA), Etixx - Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team
  • Jure Kocjan (SLO), Team SmartStop
  • Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx - Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team
  • Matti Breschel (DEN), Tinkoff-Saxo
  • Daniele Bennati (ITA), Tinkoff-Saxo
  • Peter Sagan (SVK), Tinkoff-Saxo
  • Daniel Oss (ITA), BMC Racing Team
  • Sep Vanmarcke (BEL), Team LottoNL-Jumbo
  • Stijn Devolder (BEL), Trek Factory Racing
  • Stijn Vandenbergh (BEL), Etixx - Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team
  • Matteo Trentin (ITA), Etixx - Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team

Individual Time Trialists

  • Andrew Talansky (USA), Team Cannondale-Garmin
  • Lawson Craddock (USA), Team Giant-Alpecin
  • Maciej Bodnar (POL), Tinkoff-Saxo
  • Peter Kennaugh (GBR), Team Sky
  • Tom Zirbel (USA), Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
  • Campbell Flakemore (AUS), BMC Racing Team

"The tenth Amgen Tour of California will be a place to watch the best in the world right alongside the up-and-coming next generation of cycling stars," said Kristin Bachochin Klein, executive director of the Amgen Tour of California and senior vice president of AEG Sports. "As always, fans will be able to get up close to the action and to the athletes out on the race course, as well as every morning as they arrive to the start line. That's something really special about this race and cycling culture - how accessible the best in the sport are to their fans."

Fans can cheer on these world-class athletes on the race course, via live daily broadcasts on NBC Sports Network and NBC (final Sunday), or from anywhere with the free Amgen Tour of California app for tablets and mobile devices, which features live race updates, rider background and full race results. More information on ways to watch is available at

For further information about the Amgen Tour of California and to experience the race like never before with VIP Access, please visit

About the Amgen Tour of California
The Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race created and presented by AEG that challenges the world's top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course that traverses hundreds of miles of California's iconic highways, byways and coastlines each spring. The teams chosen to participate have included Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and World Champions. Amgen Tour of California is listed on the international professional cycling calendar (2 HC, meaning "beyond category"), awarding important, world-ranking points to the top finishers. More information is available at

This year, the men's course will traverse more than 700 miles and wind through 13 host cities, including Sacramento, Nevada City, Lodi, San Jose, Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Big Bear Lake, Ontario, Mt. Baldy, L.A. LIVE (Downtown Los Angeles) and Pasadena. The women's three-day stage race will travel more than 150 miles through South Lake Tahoe and Sacramento, followed by a 15-mile Invitational Time Trial in Big Bear Lake.

About Amgen
Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.

Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its biologics manufacturing expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.

About AEG
AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Company, owns or controls a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center, StubHub Center, Sprint Center, The O2, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and Best Buy Theater Times Square; sports franchises including the Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings (NHL), two Major League Soccer franchises, two hockey franchises operated in Europe, management of privately held shares of the Los Angeles Lakers the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race; AEG Live, the organization's live-entertainment division, is a collection of companies dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring and a variety of programming and multi-media production. For more information, visit AEG today at

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