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05/09/13 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOS ANGELES (May 8, 2013) – When the world’s most elite cyclists take the start line at the 2013 Amgen Tour of California professional road race in Escondido May 12, fans will spot some of the most notable professional cyclists from around the world. From veterans with multiple world titles under their belts to the leaders of the next generation of American cyclists, the peloton will be packed with fan favorites and a lot of talent.   

 “For the past eight years, the Amgen Tour of California has consistently drawn the top teams and competitors to race in California, the caliber of which hasn’t been seen in America in decades,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the race and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “We’re proud to have created an event that not only showcases the best in the world, but also gives young U.S. athletes a world stage on which to compete and grow to become the next cycling superstars.” 

Over the past seven years, the race has become the largest cycling event in America, and is now one of the top races in the world. Whether competing for the overall title, or vying to shake things up on the course for a stage win, some of the most exciting moments of racing are expected from:

 General Classification (Overall Contenders)

  • ·         Tejay van Garderen (USA), BMC Racing Team
  • ·         David Zabriskie (USA), Team Garmin-Sharp
  • ·         Michael Rogers (AUS), Team Saxo-Tinkoff
  • ·         Sylvain Chavanel (FRA), Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
  • ·         Andy Schleck (LUX), RadioShack Leopard Trek
  • ·         Timmy Duggan (USA), Team Saxo-Tinkoff
  • ·         Thomas De Gendt (BEL), Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
  • ·         Francisco Mancebo (ESP), 5-Hour ENERGY presented by

Climbers

  • ·         Andy Schleck (LUX), RadioShack Leopard Trek
  • ·         Markel Irizar Aranburu (ESP), RadioShack Leopard Trek
  • ·         Tejay van Garderen (USA), BMC Racing Team
  • ·         Amael Moinard (FRA), BMC Racing Team
  • ·         Timmy Duggan (USA), Team Saxo-Tinkoff
  • ·         Francisco Mancebo (ESP), 5-Hour ENERGY presented by Kenda Racing Team
  • ·         Mathias Frank (SUI), BMC Racing Team
  • ·         Chris Butler (USA), Champion System Pro Cycling Team
  • ·         Haimar Zubeldia (ESP), RADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK

 

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Sprinters

  • ·         Peter Sagan (SVK), Cannondale Pro Cycling
  • ·         Tyler Farrar (USA), Team Garmin-Sharp
  • ·         Thor Hushovd (NOR), BMC Racing Team
  • ·         Cameron Meyer (AUS) ORICA GreenEDGE
  • ·         Baden Cooke (AUS) ORICA GreenEDGE
  • ·         J.J. Haedo (ARG), Team Jamis-Hagens Berman
  • ·         Jacobe Keough (USA), UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
  • ·         Frank Pipp (USA), BISSELL Pro Cycling
  • ·         Lawson Craddock (USA), Bontrager Cycling Team
  • ·         Lieuwe Westra (NED), Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
  • ·         Boy van Poppel (NED), Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team

Stage Wins (One-Day Strongmen)

  • ·         Peter Sagan (SVK), Cannondale Pro Cycling
  • ·         Jens Voigt (GER), RadioShack Leopard Trek
  • ·         Cameron Meyer (AUS), ORICA GreenEDGE
  • ·         Johan Van Summeren (BEL), Team Garmin-Sharp
  • ·         Philippe Gilbert (BEL), BMC Racing Team
  • ·         Brent Bookwalter (USA), BMC Racing Team
  • ·         Brian Vandborg (DEN), Cannondale Pro Cycling
  • ·         Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP), Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team

Time Trialists

  • ·         Jens Voigt (GER), RadioShack Leopard Trek
  • ·         David Zabriskie (USA), Team Garmin-Sharp
  • ·         Bert Grabsch (GER), Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
  • ·         Tejay van Garderen (USA), BMC Racing Team
  • ·         Brent Bookwalter (USA), BMC Racing Team
  • ·         Cameron Meyer (AUS), ORICA GreenEDGE
  • ·         Jeremy Vennell (NZL), BISSELL Pro Cycling
  • ·         Tom Zirbel (USA), Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies
  • ·         Sylvain Chavanel (FRA), Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
  • ·         Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA), Team Jamis-Hagens Berman
  • ·         Marco Pinotti (ITA), BMC Racing Team

Some other “riders to watch” include the healing heroes taking part in two Amgen Tour of California Ride 2 Recovery (R2R) Honor Rides in Escondido and Santa Rosa on race day to support R2R’s mental and physical rehabilitation programs that feature cycling as the core activity. And, there are plenty of ways to take in the pro action, whether in person on the race course May 12 – 19, via daily broadcasts on NBC Sports Network and NBC, or by downloading the free Tour Tracker app, which features live race updates, rider background and full race results. More information on all of the ways to watch is available at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

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About the Amgen Tour of California

The largest cycling event in America, the 2013 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 stretches across nearly 750 miles of scenic California roadways, highways and coastlines from May 12-19, 2013. For more information about the race, please visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com

About Amgen

Amgen discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science’s promise by bringing safe and effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, bone disease and other serious illnesses. With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people’s lives. To learn more about Amgen’s pioneering science and vital medicines, visit www.amgen.com. Follow Amgen on www.twitter.com/amgen.

About Ride 2 Recovery (R2R)

The mission of Ride 2 Recovery is to improve the health and wellness of healing heroes through mental and physical rehabilitation programs that feature cycling as the core activity. In 2013, R2R is partnering with the Amgen Tour of California, featuring three ATOC Honor Rides to help raise funds. Palmdale, Escondido and Santa Rosa are the host cities, where cyclists ride parts of the professional cycling course, cross the actual finish line in Escondido on May 12 and Santa Rosa on May 19, and importantly, ride alongside healing heroes on a non-competitive, fun ride. For more information, visit www.ride2recovery.com.

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, The Home Depot Center, Sprint Center, The O2, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and Best Buy Theater Times Square; sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), two Major League Soccer franchises, two hockey franchises operated in Europe, management of privately held shares of the Los Angeles Lakers, the Bay to Breakers foot race and 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 www.aegworldwide.com.

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Media Contact:  Eileen Tanner, GolinHarris, 213-438-8888, etanner@golinharris.com