2009 Amgen Tour of California Team Rosters Announced

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02/13/2009| 0 comments
by Thomas Valentinsen

2009 Amgen Tour of California Team Rosters Announced

Race draws top cyclists, including seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong and defending Tour of California champion Levi Leipheimer.

Considered the best collection of talent to compete in a U.S. professional cycling stage race, the world-class roster of teams and cyclists scheduled to participate in the 2009 Amgen Tour of California has been announced by race presenter AEG.  The 2009 Amgen Tour of California will host 17 teams and 136 riders from 24 countries for the fourth-annual race from February 14-22.

The race will bring the top cycling talent in the world to compete across more than 750 miles down the state of California, USA from the state’s capital, Sacramento, to San Diego County.  Attracting an unprecedented field of riders from around the world, cyclists hail from countries as far away as Germany, Denmark, France, Belgium, Cuba, Finland, New Zealand, and South Africa. 

“As the Amgen Tour of California continues to grow in stature year after year, we continue to see the caliber of the field increase,” Andrew Messick, president, AEG Sports told Roadcycling.com.  “The group of cyclists that will comprise the field for the 2009 race will create an unprecedented level of competition that is sure to make 2009 the best year yet.  We are looking forward to watching the competition unfold.”

The field will include riders from well-known teams such as Astana, Team Columbia-Highroad, Quick Step, Saxo Bank and Garmin-Slipstream, which returns to defend the title as the winner of the overall team competition.  Some of the notable riders planned to begin the race in Sacramento on February 14 include:

Tour de France Champions
Lance Armstrong (USA), Astana
Carlos Sastre (ESP), Cervélo Test Team

Tour de France Stage Winners
Lance Armstrong (USA), Astana
Tom Boonen (BEL), Quick Step
Fabian Cancellara (SUI), Saxo Bank
Mark Cavendish (GBR), Team Columbia-Highroad
Oscar Freire Gomez (ESP), Rabobank
Tyler Hamilton (USA), Rock Racing
George Hincapie (USA), Team Columbia-Highroad
Thor Hushovd (NOR), Cervélo Test Team
Kim Kirchen (LUX), Team Columbia-Highroad
Floyd Landis (USA), Ouch Presented by Maxxis
Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana
Stuart O’Grady (AUS), Saxo Bank
Yaroslav Popovych (UKR), Astana
Carlos Sastre (ESP), Cervélo Test Team
Frank Schleck (LUX), Saxo Bank
David Zabriskie (USA), Garmin-Slipstream

World Champions:
Lance Armstrong (USA), Astana
Tom Boonen (BEL), Quick Step
Janez Brajkovic  (SLO), Astana
Fabian Cancellara (SUI), Saxo Bank
Mark Cavendish (GBR), Team Columbia-Highroad
Francisco Chicchi (ITA), Liquigas
Oscar Freire Gomez (ESP), Rabobank
Brett Lancaster (AUS), Cervélo Test Team
Stuart O’Grady (AUS), Saxo Bank
Yaroslav Popovych (UKR), Astana
Michael Rogers (AUS), Team Columbia-Highroad

Olympic Medalists:
Lance Armstrong (USA), Astana
Fabian Cancellara (SUI), Saxo Bank
Tyler Hamilton (USA), Rock Racing
Gustav Larsson (SWE), Saxo Bank
Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana
Stuart O’Grady (AUS), Saxo Bank
Michael Rogers (AUS), Team Columbia-Highroad
Hayden Roulston (NZL), Cervélo Test Team

Current National Champions (by country):
Fabian Cancellara (SUI), Saxo Bank
Tyler Hamilton (USA), Rock Racing
Kim Kirchen (LUX), Team Columbia-Highroad
Michael Rogers (AUS), Team Columbia-Highroad
Frank Schleck (LUX), Saxo Bank
Tadej Valjavec (SLO), AG2R-La Mondiale
David Zabriskie (USA), Garmin-Slipstream

American Race Champions:
Lance Armstrong (Astana), 2004 Tour de Georgia
Janez Brajkovic (Astana), 2007 Tour de Georgia
Tom Danielson (Garmin-Slipstream), 2005 Tour de Georgia
George Hincapie (Team Columbia-Highroad), 2007 Tour of Missouri
Chris Horner (Astana), 2003 Tour de

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