Cory Williams (Elevate KHS Pro Cycling) and Kendal Ryan (Team Tibco- Silicon Valley Bank) win the stage two criterium at The Tour de Murrieta.
Cory Williams (Elevate KHS Pro Cycling) and Kendal Ryan (Team Tibco- Silicon Valley Bank) win the stage two criterium at The Tour de Murrieta.
STRONGEST FIELD IN RACE HISTORY ANNOUNCED FOR 2017 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA
Elite Men’s and Women’s Teams Carrying World and National Champions and Olympic Medalists Will Compete in California in May
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (March 9, 2017) – Team selections have been finalized by AEG, producer and presenter of the 2017 Amgen Tour of California (May 14-20) and the Amgen Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTM Women’s Race empowered with SRAM (May 11-14).
America’s most prestigious cycling event joins the UCI WorldTour this year with 11 WorldTour teams containing some of the world’s most decorated cyclists, including first-ranked, California-based BMC Racing Team. Three Pro Continental and two Continental teams round out the event.
UCI WorldTour Teams (MEN):
· Astana Pro Team (KAZ)
· BMC Racing Team (USA)
· BORA-hansgrohe (GER)
· Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team (USA)
· Quick-Step Floors (BEL)
· Team Dimension Data (RSA)
· Team Sunweb (GER)
· Team KATUSHA ALPECIN (SUI)
· Team LottoNL-Jumbo (NED)
· Team Sky (GBR)
· Trek-Segafredo (USA)
UCI Professional Continental Teams (MEN):
· Cofidis, Solutions Crédits (FRA)
· Team Novo Nordisk (USA)
· UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA)
UCI Continental Teams (MEN):
· Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis (USA)
· Rally Cycling (USA)
Since its inception in 2006, the Amgen Tour of California has become one of the most important races on the international cycling calendar, showcasing the most accomplished cyclists from around the world. In addition, the event provides cyclists the opportunity to preview prospective competition leading to summer’s Tour de France.
Amgen Tour of California veteran Mark Cavendish (GBR) will return with Team Dimension Data. Cavendish turned in his tenth Amgen Tour of California career stage win last year before going on to win his first Olympic medal (silver in Omnium) and the opening stage plus three others in the 2016 Tour de France.
“I’ve been racing in the Amgen Tour of California for years now, and it’s an event I look forward to. Not only are their courses challenging, they are incredibly scenic and attract one of the best groups of fans we see every year. From a team and riders’ perspective, it’s one of the best organized events anywhere and an event that always takes great care of the riders,” said Cavendish, who is nearing the all-time Tour de France stage win record with 30 (the record is 34). “It’s become an important part of my preparation for the Tour de France because the race attracts the best, and the competition is intense. It’s always a battle but I am hoping to add some more California victories this year.”
The Amgen Tour of California has become known for epic sprinter showdowns, and Cavendish will face off with Team KATUSHA ALPECIN’sstar sprinter Alexander Kristoff (NOR), BORA-hansgrohe’sall-time Amgen Tour of California stage win record holder Peter Sagan (SVK),Trek-Segafredo’s lauded John Degenkolb (GER) and Cofidis’ Nacer Bouhanni (FRA), who holds multiple stage wins at the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España.
“Racing in California is a challenge and a joy every time. I hope to continue building on the success I’ve had at the Amgen Tour of California, and know all the riders will do our best to give the incredible fans another good show this year,” said Sagan, who holds the record for the most Amgen Tour of California stage wins (15) and capped off last season by wearing the yellow jersey for the first time at the Tour de France then winning his second World Championship title.
The Amgen Tour of California has also become a race where young riders can make their mark. Last year at age 23, France’s Julian Alaphilippe became the youngest rider in race history to claim overall victory. This year could hold more of the same… Following his breakthrough 2016 season, 23-year-old Columbian rider Miguel Ángel López will make his California debut with Astana Pro Team, and Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team will bring 25-year-old phenom Lawson Craddock (Austin, Texas), who has racked up strong California results in recent years (3rd overall in 2014; 5th in 2016), and was one of only five U.S. riders to start in the Tour de France last season.
Teammates joining Craddock will include reigning U.S. National Time Trial Champion Taylor Phinney (Boulder, Colo.) and part-time Napa, Calif. resident Andrew Talansky, who held that same national title in 2015 and placed fourth overall at last year’s Amgen Tour of California.
The 2017 Amgen Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTMWomen’s Race empowered with SRAM is a four-day road race in Northern California (May 11-14). A victor will be decided in Sacramento on the same day the men begin racing.
Over the course of the last decade, the Amgen Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTM Women’s Race empowered with SRAM has grown from a one-day race to a UCI Women’s WorldTour stage race, earning a designation as one of the top women’s races in the world.
The 2016 edition served as a critical race for the Rio Olympic Games team selections. Many riders who competed – and medaled – in Rio last summer will race in California in May. The teams selected for 2017, and the riders that compete for those teams, will comprise the strongest field to assemble in the U.S. this year.
As in 2016, the Amgen Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTMWomen’s Race empowered with SRAM is part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour. This year’s race will include 16 star-studded teams, half of which are U.S.-based:
· Astana Women’s Team (KAZ)
· BePink Cogeas (ITA)
· Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team (NED)
· Canyon/SRAM Racing (GER)
· Cylance Pro Cycling (USA)
· Drops (GBR)
· Hagens Berman | Supermint (USA)
· Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team (BEL)
· Rally Cycling (USA)
· Sho-Air TWENTY20 (USA)
· Team Colavita | Bianchi (USA)
· Team Sunweb (NED)
· Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank (USA)
· UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA)
· Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling (USA)
· Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling (GBR)
2016 race champion Megan Guarnier (Glens Falls, NY), a three-time National Champion, will return to California to defend her title with UCI’s number-one ranked team after last season, Boels-Dolmans.
“I was so proud to win last year’s Amgen Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTMWomen’s Race empowered with SRAM, the most prestigious race in my home country. It was one of the highlights of my season, and I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for me and my team in California this May,” said Guarnier, who finished 2016 as UCI’s top-ranked woman rider and now calls San Mateo, Calif. home.
2015 race champion Trixi Worrack (GER), who suffered a near career-ending injury as a result of a crash last year, will return with her Canyon/SRAM team to take another crack at the title. Sho-Air TWENTY20’s 20-year-old sensation Chloé Dygert (Bremerton, Wash.), who won Olympic silver and a World Championship title as part of the Women’s Pursuit Team last year, will return to the race this year as well.
“Last year’s competition was the first UCI Women’s WorldTour race I competed in. To race alongside my coach and mentor Kristin Armstrong [a race ambassador for 2017] and finish the week wearing the Best Young Rider’s jersey was an amazing experience. I can’t wait to race the truly beautiful roads of California against a world-class field. This year’s race is going to be awesome!,” said Dygert.
“This is an exciting year for California, and for cycling. The 32 teams coming to race in the 2017 Amgen Tour of California truly represent the best of the best,” said
Kristin Klein, race president and executive vice president of AEG Sports. “These men and women give their all to create some of the most memorable sporting moments I’ve ever witnessed. It’s a testament to the growth of cycling and this race that our fans – out on the course and in other countries who watch TV broadcasts and online updates – continue to grow in number year over year, along with the level of competition.”
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Cameron Piper (Team Illuminate) and Claire Rose (Visit Dallas) win the stage 3 time trial at The Chico Stage Race. Both move up to second overall down by 2 seconds. Conner Brown (Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling) in yellow for the men and Lindsey Bayer (Hagens Berman- Supermint) for the women.
Alcácer do Sal, Portugal – Logan Owen scored the Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team’s first road victory of the year in Europe with his win Saturday on the penultimate stage of the Volta ao Alentejo.
The 21-year-old from Bremerton, Washington, out-sprinted race leader Carlos Barbero (Movistar Team) and Jasper De Laat (Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam presented by Mantel) to earn his first win since his victory last April in Liège-Bastogne-Liège Espoirs.
Owen’s accomplishment came one day after teammate Chris Lawless finished runner-up on Stage 3 and two days after Axeon Hagens Berman placed two riders in the top 10, earned the “best young rider” jersey and the lead in the team classification.
“It is one thing to win a bike race,” Owen said. “But to win it at the level that this race is now – a 2.1 classification – and against a WorldTour rider like Barbero – is something extra special. To be able to overpower him in the finish meant a lot.”
After the day’s breakaway was caught within two kilometers of the finish, Axeon Hagens Berman set up for a technical, uphill run-in to the line.
“Initially, we thought it would be a good finish for Chris, but Adrien (Costa) actually looked it up last night on Strava and Google Earth view and said it looked like a pretty hard finish up a hill for about a kilometer,” Owen said. “The guys rode the front to make sure the break came back and then they put me on Barbero’s wheel as we came into a roundabout. When it started going uphill, I kept fighting for his wheel because I knew it was a good finish for him. He had a teammate lead him out to 200 meters and I just followed. Initially, I tried to go right because the wind was coming from the left. But he shut the door on me. So I had to go on the other side and kick again.”
Three other Axeon Hagens Berman riders finished in the top 15 in the 175.2-kilometer race.
Irish Under 23 time trial champion Eddie Dunbar was fourth, Costa was ninth and Ecuadorian Under 23 time trial champion Jhonatan Narvaez was 12th.
Dunbar is best placed for Axeon Hagens Berman in the overall standings in fifth, 27 seconds back. Owen climbed from 27th to ninth overall and is 29 seconds back, along with Narvaez (10th) and Costa (11th). Sunday’s final stage covers 168.9 km from Ferreira do Alentejo to Évora.
Axeon Hagens Berman Sport Director Koos Moerenhout said the team worked hard in the final 10 km to contribute to the chasing efforts by several teams to bring back the day’s breakaway. In addition to the aforementioned riders, he pointed to Will Barta and Neilson Powless – who was in an early breakaway – and Ivo Oliveira, who is recovering from a bad crash on Friday’s stage.
“All week, the guys have been riding very well and very attentively,” Moerenhout said. “Almost every time a group goes up the road, we have a guy in it. Ivo, in particular, did a great job after his crash on Friday. Luckily he is fine.”
Axeon Hagens Berman continues to lead the team standings. Colombian squad Manzana Postobon is 32 seconds behind and Sporting Clube de Portugal/Tavira is third, a further three seconds back.
Results- Chico Stage Race
|1||143||TEDDERGREEN Starla||Hagens Berman | Supermint||1:00:07.||1:00:07|
|2||111||BRECK Holly||Sho-Air TWENTY20||1:00:07.||s.t.|
|3||104||AUDRAIN Ivy||Hagens Berman | Supermint||1:00:08.||s.t.|
|4||122||HEINTZ Mandy||Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling||1:00:08.||s.t.|
|5||135||ROSE Claire||Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling||1:00:08.||s.t.|
|6||150||ZAVETA Erica||Cylance Pro Cycling||1:00:08.||s.t.|
|7||119||GARDNER Illi *||Folsom Bike/Trek||1:00:08.||s.t.|
|8||117||DOEBEL-HICKOK Krista||Cylance Pro Cycling||1:00:08.||s.t.|
|9||141||SOTO Yusse||Team Illuminate||1:00:08.||s.t.|
|10||139||SCHNEIDER Skylar *||Team Illuminate||1:00:08.||s.t.|
|11||103||ARREOLA NAVARRO Sofia||Sho-Air TWENTY20||1:00:08.||s.t.|
|12||107||BAYER Lindsay||Hagens Berman | Supermint||1:00:09.||s.t.|
|13||138||SCHNEIDER Samantha||Team Illuminate||1:00:09.||s.t.|
|14||116||CORDOVA Lisa||Cycle Sport-Specialized pb Musc||1:00:09.||s.t.|
|15||133||POWLESS Shayna||Sho-Air TWENTY20||1:00:09.||s.t.|
|16||128||MUEGGE Hanna||Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling||1:00:09.||s.t.|
|17||146||THOMAS Leah||Sho-Air TWENTY20||1:00:09.||s.t.|
|18||137||SAYLE Clare||Jakroo presented by Chrome Indu||1:00:09.||s.t.|
|19||101||ALDERETE Megan||Hagens Berman | Supermint||1:00:10.||s.t.|
|21||148||WONG Melanie||Folsom Bike/Trek||1:00:10.||s.t.|
|22||112||CAMERON Amy||Folsom Bike/Trek||1:00:10.||s.t.|
|23||102||ARNOLD Kristen||Velo Classic pb Stans NoTubes||1:00:10.||s.t.|
|24||145||TETRICK Jennifer||Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank||1:00:10.||s.t.|
|25||123||LANGDON Rachel||Team Illuminate||1:00:10.||s.t.|
|26||132||OTTO HAMEL Liz||Folsom Bike/Trek||1:00:11.||s.t.|
|27||134||RACHETTO Liza||Hagens Berman | Supermint||1:00:11.||s.t.|
|28||105||AXELL Marissa||JL Velo Cycling Team pb The Fre||1:00:11.||s.t.|
|29||149||WRYE-SIMPSON Brenna||LA Sweat||1:00:12.||s.t.|
|30||124||LUEBKE Jennifer||Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling||1:00:12.||s.t.|
|31||114||CERRA Jessica||Hagens Berman | Supermint||1:00:12.||s.t.|
|32||113||CELSO Jo||Jakroo presented by Chrome Indu||1:00:12.||s.t.|
|33||144||TETRICK Alison||Cylance Pro Cycling||1:00:12.||s.t.|
|34||136||RUBLE Megan||Cycle Sport-Specialized pb Musc||1:00:12.||s.t.|
|35||127||MOAK Summer *||Sho-Air TWENTY20||1:00:13.||s.t.|
|36||108||BOBECK Jessica||Team Illuminate||1:00:13.||s.t.|
|37||131||ORTON Beth Ann||Hagens Berman | Supermint||1:00:14.||s.t.|
|38||120||GIESCHEN Julia||STINNER BLACK SHEEP RACING||1:00:14.||s.t.|
|39||118||DONOVAN Kathryn||Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling||1:00:14.||s.t.|
|40||130||NALDER Breanne||Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling||1:00:15.||s.t.|
|41||115||CHALIER Annick||Fast Fun Nice RacingTeam pb Wat||1:00:16.||9|
|42||140||SEIGLE Amanda||Jakroo presented by Chrome Indu||1:00:18.||11|
|43||121||GREGG Amity||Jakroo presented by Chrome Indu||1:03:19.||3:12|
|44||125||MCGOWAN Ayesha||Jakroo presented by Chrome Indu||1:04:07.||4:00|
|45||110||BONNINGTON Christina||JLVelo Cycling Team pb The Free||1:04:23.||4:16|
|46||126||MILLARD Lexie||Team Illuminate||1:04:57.||4:50|
|47||109||BOLLELLA Allie||JLVelo Cycling Team pb The Free||1:05:00.||4:53|
|48||106||BAUMGARDNER Jessica||STINNER BLACK SHEEP RACING||1:07:23.||7:16|
|DNS||142||STUMHOFER Gretchen||Sho-Air TWENTY20|
|DNS||147||VAN HOUWELING Molly||JLVelo Cycling Team pb The Free|
Announcing The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Roster and Race Schedule!
Tustin, CA: The 2017 race season is upon us, and both the athletes and staff of the Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team are completely focused on winning the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour (PRT) as well as the invitational UCI events they will be competing in.
“With the Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team there is so much to be excited about,” says General Manager, Paul Abrahams. “Armed with our core values and excellent team partners, I expect this season to be exhilarating for our fans, sponsors, staff, and riders alike. The team will be looking to win races all season long!”
For 2017 the program has invested heavily in its infrastructure, with a new service course and a full compliment of support staff that will provide a solid base for the team to stand upon.
Directing the team will be New Zealand’s multi-time national champion and Olympian, Heath Blackgrove. “Heath is a born winner!” says Abrahams. With his race experience and passion to win, he is the perfect choice to be our team’s Director Sportif.”
The ensemble of time-trialists, sprinters, climbers, and rouleurs has formed a special bond that is certain to make them a force to reckoned with. The team just completed a 7 day training camp in San Diego, which was bolstered by two early-season camps together.
Leading the sprint-game is recently signed Cory Williams as well as Mexican sprint-ace Alfredo Rodriguez (winner of two stages of the 2016 San Dimas Stage Race), while Rodriguez’ compatriot Eder Frayre and neo-pro Alex Hoehn will lead the charge in the mountains.
The team also boasts serious time-trial talent. Innokenty Zavyalov holds the number one spot in USA Cycling’s Pro Time Trial Rankings. Connor Brown, winner of the Best Young Rider Classification at the 2016 Cascade Cycling Classic, along with Cory Lockwood, and Nick Terrace round out the time trial threats.
Completing the roster is the experienced duo of Joseph Schmalz, stage winner at the 2016 North Star Grand Prix, and team captain Brian McCulloch.
The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team is excited for the season to begin and earn their place as one of the best teams in America! With a focus on teamwork and a continuous drive toward excellence, the entire program is committed to making 2017 the best season yet.
Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Roster:
Connor Brown (USA)
Eder Frayre (MEX)
Alex Hoehn (USA)
Cory Lockwood (USA)
Brian McCulloch (USA)
Alfredo Rodriguez (MEX)
Joseph Schmalz (USA)
Nick Torraca (USA)
Cory Williams (USA)
Innokenty Zavyalov (USA)
Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Calendar:
Valley of The Sun Stage Race (February 17-19)
Chico Stage Race (February 24-26)
Pace Bend Road Race (February 26)
Tour de Taiwan (March 26-30)
Joe Martin Stage Race (March 30-April 2)
Sunny King Criterium & Fort McClellan Road Race (April 8-9)
Tour of the Gila (April 19-22)
Dana Point Grand Prix (April 30)
Redlands Bicycle Classic (May 3-7)
Winston-Salem Criterium and Road Race (May 27 & 29)
Philadelphia International (June 4)
Tulsa Tough (June 9-11)
Boise Crono Time-Trial (July 15)
Boise Twilight Criterium (July 16)
Cascade Cycling Classic (July 20-25)
Tour of Colorado (August 10-13)*
Tour of Commonwealth (August 24-27)*
Tour of Alberta (August 30- September 4)*
Reading 120 & Doylestown Criterium (September 9-10)
Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team Partners:
Elevate, KHS Bicycles, Bariatric Center of Kansas City, Maxxis Tires, JLVelo Custom Cyclewear, Xpedo Pedal Precision, Velo Saddles, Infinit Nutrition, Kali Protectives, 4iiii Precision Power Meters, Rennie & Associates, Bicycle World, FSA Components, BONT Cycling, Bicycle World, Arundel, Boneshaker Project, HED Wheels, Chamois Butt’r, WD-40 BIKE, Serfas, Cycling Illustrated, EVA AIR, and Q2 Components.
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Cylance Pro Cycling is back to the races this weekend from Northern California to Belgium. The women’s team will begin the UCI Women’s World Tour calendar on February 27th with the Spring Classic opener, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. The men, and a fraction of the women’s team, will race the Chico Stage Race.
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad is a one day 122k race and includes many of the famed roads in Flanders Field, starting and finishing in Ghent. The roster includes the 2016 2nd overall UCI Women’s World Tour U23 rider, Sheyla Gutierrez (ESP) as well as sprinter extraordinaire, Kirsten Wild (NED) who has already secured three victories in Australia this year. Dani King (UK), Rossella Ratto (ITA), Jasinska Małgorzata (POL), and Joelle Numainville will be adding to the strength and firepower of the team.
After a successful beginning of the season in Australia, the women’s team is excited to build on this success into the Spring Classics. “The team had a quality training block after Australia, and we can’t wait to start racing again at the Spring Classics” says Director Sportif, Manel Lacambra. “As always, we will do our best, and through that, will find success.” The team will then continue to race in Belgium at Le Samyn Dames and Omloop van het Hageland.
The men’s team will begin a soft launch of the 2017 season at Northern California’s version of the Spring Classics, the Chico Stage Race. The stage race includes a fast circuit race on a speedway, followed by a grueling road race with a substantial gravel section on the second day. The final day of racing is a flat time trial and a technical downtown criterium. The roster includes Justin Williams (USA), who has already garnered two victories in Southern California. He will be supported by previous teammates Hunter Grove (USA) and Orlando Garibay (MEX). Bryan Lewis (USA) and Kyle Murphy (USA) will make their Cylance Pro Cycling debut as they will add to the depth of the roster in Chico.
Joining the men in Chico for the California race, will be a part of the women’s team with Alison Tetrick (USA), previous winner of the Chico Stage Race, joined by Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) and Erica Zaveta (USA). The women will be able to start the North American races and begin preparation for the season to come.
Cylance Pro Cycling is committed to high level competition and event activation. Two of the athletes, Justin Williams and Alison Tetrick work with MetPro, a Chico based company that delivers metabolic profiling and nutritional coaching. The races bring together valuable partnerships as the athletes are able to compete and build upon continuing success through support. The team unites to represent sponsors around the world, and inspire others to achieve their goals. Stay tuned for great stories and results.