Premier Sports Group is very proud to announce Team SmartStop has been invited to the 10th edition of the Amgen Tour of California.
The eight-day stage race starting on Sunday May 10th will follow a challenging course from North to South and will see the competitors touch down in 12 different host cities.
General Manager, Omer Kem said: “Premier Sports Group racing as Team SmartStop is incredibly proud to be invited to the 2015 Amgen Tour of CA. The invitation is the culmination of years of hard work and an absolutely amazing 2014 season. We at Premier Sports Group are very much looking forward to working with AEG and Medalist Sports to make the 2015 edition, the best edition yet with a team that is ready to race!”
Team SmartStop was unlucky to not receive an invitation in 2014, but over the season have proven their capabilities and determination to be able to participate in one of America’s most prestigious stage races.
“The Amgen Tour of California is a validation for all the work we did in 2014,” said Director Michael Creed, “and the races faith in our upward trajectory for 2015.”
Team SmartStop could be facing competition teams from World Tour teams such as Orica-GreenEdge, Team Sky and Giant-Alpecin who have all competed in previous editions of the race.
Despite the tough competition the team will be turning up to the Amgen Tour of California ready to race and with fire in their bellies for success at America’s Greatest Race with Creed stating: “Chasing jerseys and stage wins will be the focus.”
The Amgen Tour of California stages are:
Stage 1: Sunday, May 10 – Sacramento
Stage 2: Monday, May 11 – Nevada City to Lodi
Stage 3: Tuesday, May 12 – San Jose
Stage 4: Wednesday, May 13 – Pismo Beach to Avila Beach
Stage 5: Thursday, May 14 – Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita
Stage 6: Friday, May 15 – Big Bear Lake (Individual Time Trial)
Stage 7: Saturday, May 16 – Ontario to Mt. Baldy
Stage 8: Sunday, May 17 – L.A. LIVE (Downtown Los Angeles) to Pasadena
BMW p/b The Happy Tooth Race Women’s Tour
Premier Sports Group is also very excited to announce that the BMW p/b The Happy Tooth women’s team will also be racing in the Women’s Amgen Tour of California.
The tour has held a women’s race in conjunction with the mens event since 2011 and this year the Amgen Tour of California Invitation Time Trial has been given the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) status of 1.1, the highest status a non-world cup event can be given.
In 2015 the women’s race will feature four stages, a three-day stage race followed by the individual time trial starting on Friday 8th May.
Director, Jono Coulter said: “”The team at BMW p/b The Happy Tooth are happy to receive an invite to the UCI 2.1 Women’s Amgen Tour of California. This is a marquee event on the world calendar. We are determined to bring a classy & proven squad to race against some of the best teams in the world & show the excitement of women’s cycling”
The Women’s Amgen Tour of California stages are as follows:
Stage 1: Friday, May 8 – South Lake Tahoe
Stage 2: Saturday, May 9 – South Lake Tahoe
Stage 3: Sunday, May 12 – Sacramento
Invitational Time Trial Stage 4: Friday, May 15 – Big Bear Lake