Tour of California Draws All-Star Field

Tour of California

The start list for the 2013 Amgen Tour of California includes 128 riders from 16 elite professional cycling teams, including a host of the sport’s biggest names. Here’s a look at this who’s-who group that will be tackling the eight-stage WorldTour race that started Sunday in Escondido.

Current and Past World Champions (7):
Philippe Gilbert, BMC (2012 road race)
Thor Hushovd, BMC (2010 road race, 1998 U23 time trial)
Michael Rogers, TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF (2003 – 2005 time trial)
Bert Grabsch, OMEGA PHARMA-QUICKSTEP (2008 time trial)
Cameron Meyer, ORICA GREENEDGE (2010 madison, team pursuit, points – track; 2011 madison – track; 2012, points race – track)
Michael Hepburn, ORICA GREENEDGE (2013, 2011-2010 team pursuit – track; 2012-2013 individual pursuit – track)
Michael Morkov, TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF (2009 madison – track)

Current National Champions (11):
Timmy Duggan, TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF (USA, road)
David Zabriskie, GARMIN-SHARP (USA, time trial)
Marc de Maar, UNITED HEALTHCARE (AHO, road race; time trial)
Cameron Meyer, ORICA GREENEDGE (AUS, time trial)
Ryan Roth, CHAMPION SYSTEM (CAN, road race)
Sylvain Chavanel, OMEGA PHARMA-QUICKSTEP (FRA, time trial)
Matt Brammeier, CHAMPION SYSTEM (IRE, road race)
Peter Sagan, CANNONDALE (SVK, road race)
Laurent Didier, RADIOSHACK-LEOPARD-TREK (LUX, road race)
Lieuwe Westra, VACANSOLEIL (NED, time trial)
Maciej Bodnar, CANNONDALE (POL, time trial)

Tour de France Stage Winners (11):
Thor Hushovd, BMC (10)
Sylvain Chavanel, OMEGA PHARMA-QUICKSTEP (3)
Tyler Farrar, GARMIN-SHARP (2)
David Zabriskie, GARMIN-SHARP (2)
Philippe Gilbert, BMC (1)
Baden Cooke, ORICA GREENEDGE (1)
Juan Antonio Flecha, VCD (1)
Matteo Tosatto, TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF (1)

Grand Tour Overall Podium Finishers (2):
Andy Schleck, RADIOSHACK-LEOPARD-TREK (1st 2010 Tour de France; 2nd 2011, 2009 Tour de France)
Thomas de Gendt, VACANSOLEIL (3rd, 2012 Tour of Italy)

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