19 teams announced for 2011 Amgen Tour of California | SierraSun.com

19 teams announced for 2011 Amgen Tour of California

AP FIle PhotoRiders head through Nevada City, Calif., at the start of the eight-day Tour of California cycling race Sunday, May 16, 2010.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE and#8212; The Amgen Tour of California will bring 19 cycling teams from around the world to South Lake Tahoe to kick off the 7-day race, the largest of its kind in the U.S.

Fourteen of the teams are returning and five teams are new to the tour.

and#8220;The caliber of teams participating in the Amgen Tour of California seems to grow with each passing year, which is a great testament to the status of our race on the professional racing calendar,and#8221; said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports. and#8220;Beyond the incredible talent of Tour de France competitors, world champions, Olympic Champions and internationally known cyclists, is the amazing talent of up and coming American cyclists, like Peter Stetina of Team Garmin-Cervelo, Ben King of Team RadioShack and Tejay Van Garderen of HTC-Highroad.

and#8220;I am thrilled that our race gives them the opportunity to build their profile among cycling in the U.S.and#8221;

The Tour of California begins May 15. Stage 1 starts in South Lake Tahoe at Montbleu Resort Casino and Spa, wrapping the lake 1.5 times and ending at Northstar-at-Tahoe. Stage 2 starts at Squaw Valley USA, going over Donner Pass and ending in Sacramento.

Below are the teams riding this year.

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