press release: AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA TEAM ROSTERS ANNOUNCED Star-Studded Peloton to Feature Cavendish, Farrar, Gesink, Kittel and Sagan By Amgen Tour of California press release // May 5, 2015 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-GarminIan Boswell (USA), Team SkyJanez Brajkovic (SLO), UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling TeamJoe Dombrowski (USA), Team Cannondale-GarminJoey Rosskopf (USA), BMC Racing TeamLaurens ten Dam (NED), Team LottoNL-JumboLawson Craddock (USA), Team Giant-AlpecinMartin Kohler (SUI), Drapac Professional CyclingMatthew Busche (USA), Trek Factory RacingPeter Kennaugh (GBR), Team SkyPhil Gaimon (USA), Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRobert Gesink (NED), Team LottoNL-JumboSergio Henao (COL), Team SkyWarren Barguil (FRA), Team Giant-AlpecinSprintersBen Swift (GBR), Team SkyDanny Van Poppel (NED), Trek Factory RacingGerald Ciolek (GER), MTN-Qhubeka p/b SamsungGraeme Brown (AUS), Drapac Professional CyclingHaimar Zubeldia Agirre (ESP), Trek Factory RacingSebastian Haedo (ARG), Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter HomeMarcel 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 SmartstopClimbersCarter Jones (USA), Team Giant-AlpecinJoseph Rosskopf (USA), BMC Racing TeamLachlan Norris (AUS), Drapac Professional CyclingRobert Gesink (NED), Team LottoNL-JumboLaurens ten Dam (NED), Team LottoNL-JumboJoe Dombrowski (USA), Team Cannondale-GarminPhil Gaimon (USA), Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRobin Carpenter (USA), Hincapie Racing TeamSergio Henao (COL), Team SkyWill Routley (CAN), Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesStage Wins (One Day Specialists)Alex Howes (USA), Team Cannondale-GarminBernhard Eisel (AUT), Team SkyJulian Alaphillipe (FRA), Etixx - Quick-Step Pro Cycling TeamJure Kocjan (SLO), Team SmartStopMark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx - Quick-Step Pro Cycling TeamMatti Breschel (DEN), Tinkoff-SaxoDaniele Bennati (ITA), Tinkoff-SaxoPeter Sagan (SVK), Tinkoff-SaxoDaniel Oss (ITA), BMC Racing TeamSep Vanmarcke (BEL), Team LottoNL-JumboStijn Devolder (BEL), Trek Factory RacingStijn Vandenbergh (BEL), Etixx - Quick-Step Pro Cycling TeamMatteo Trentin (ITA), Etixx - Quick-Step Pro Cycling TeamIndividual Time TrialistsAndrew Talansky (USA), Team Cannondale-GarminLawson Craddock (USA), Team Giant-AlpecinMaciej Bodnar (POL), Tinkoff-SaxoPeter Kennaugh (GBR), Team SkyTom Zirbel (USA), Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesCampbell 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 www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.For further information about the Amgen Tour of California and to experience the race like never before with VIP Access, please visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.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 www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.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.