Teams confirmed for men's and women's Tour of California

05 April 2018 01:01
The organisers of the Amgen Tour of California have confirmed the teams for the men’s and women’s races. Hagens Berman Axeon, Holowesko-Citadel, and Rally Cycling secured the wildcard invitations in the men's race alongside 14 WorldTour teams. The women's race will be without defending champion Anna van der Breggen and her Boels Dolmans team. Fifteen teams will ride the Amgen Tour of California Women's Race empowered with SRAM 2018, but only three of the top five teams in the world. The list of teams does include Hagens Berman-Supermint, Team Illuminate, Rally Cycling, Swapit/Agolico, Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank, Twenty20 Pro Cycling, plus USA and Mexican national teams. Major teams travelling to California include Sunweb, home of American Coryn Rivera, Canyon-Sram with Kasia Niewiadoma and Alexis Ryan, UnitedHealthCare with Katie Hall, Wiggle High5 and the British Trek-Drops team. "The team and I had some great results at the Amgen Tour of California last year and we will be back this year looking to build on that - it's a fun race in beautiful locations, plus holds a lot of personal meaning for me being in my home state and country," Rivera said.ADVERTISEMENT Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) have already been confirmed as stand-out riders. Race organizer AEG have revealed that Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale), Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott), plus US riders Nielson Powless (LottoNL-Jumbo), Ian Boswell (Katusha-Alpecin) and Pete Stetina (Trek-Segafredo) will all ride. "The Amgen Tour of California attracts top talent, and comes at an important time in our season - it's the most prestigious race in America, and also serves as a stepping stone to hone our racing lineup and form for the Tour de France in July," said Katusha Alpecin director Dmitry Konyshev. Rally Cycling stepped up to Professional Continental level for 2018 to be able to take part in the Tour of California after winning two stages in 2017. You can read more at . read full article

Source: Cycling News