From Amgen Tour of California May 13-20, 2012 –
As America’s most successful cycling race, the Amgen Tour of California is one of the nation’s largest and most recognized annual sporting events. An eight-day event, this prestigious cycling road race features elite professional teams and athletes from around the world. One of only two American races listed as a UCI 2.HC event on the international professional cycling calendar, the Amgen Tour of California awards important, world-ranking points to the top finishers. The Amgen Tour of California brings the drama and excitement of professional cycling to California for the seventh consecutive year in 2012.
This year, 16 of the world’s top professional cycling teams will compete in a challenging course that includes nearly 800 miles of scenic California highways and roadways. With a reputation for attracting prominent teams, the 2012 race includes UCI ProTeams, such as AG2R La Mondiale [FRA], BMC Racing Team [USA], Team Garmin-Barracuda [USA], GreenEDGE Cycling Team [AUS], Liquigas-Cannondale [ITA], Omega Pharma-QuickStep [BEL], Rabobank Cycling Team [NED], and Team Radioshack-Nissan-Trek [LUX]. The Pro Continental and Continental Teams are represented by Team Argos-Shimano [NED], Bissell Pro Cycling Team [USA], Bontrager Livestrong Team [USA], Columbia-Coldeportes [COL], Team Exergy [USA], Team Optum Health p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies [USA], Team Spidertech Powered by C10 [CAN], United Healthcare Pro Cycling [USA].
The 2011 Amgen Tour of California once again included a broadcast partnership with the Amaury Sports Organization (ASO), owner of the Tour de France. ASO brought its Tour de France television production team to California and shot the entire race in HD. California, and bicycle racing, has never looked better than it did in 2011.
The VERSUS network, official U.S. broadcaster of the Tour de France and considered to be the foremost broadcaster of cycling and outdoor sports in the United States, broadcast 27 hours of live and taped nightly television coverage of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California. Separate agreements with international broadcasters were also in place to televise the race in 216 countries and territories worldwide.
The creator, owner and producer of the Amgen Tour of California is California-based sports and entertainment presenter AEG Sports. Management and cycling specialists Medalist Sports serves as the logistical arm of the race, with California-based Amgen serving as the event’s title sponsor. All three of these race partners have held these roles since the inception of the Amgen Tour of California in 2006.
AEG remains committed to presenting the Amgen Tour of California as a free sporting event that is a dedicated to promoting the great sport of road cycling, healthy living and bicycle safety. AEG is also committed to the local communities that host the race as a means of increasing tourism and economic development throughout the state of California, as well as educating Californians and enthusiasts worldwide about maintaining a healthy lifestyle.