ROSTERS ANNOUNCED FOR 2017 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA
America’s Premier Cycling Race Begins May 14 in Sacramento Featuring an
International Field that Includes Eight World Champions, National Champions, Olympians and Tour de France Stage Winners
*Please note complete 2017 roster is attached
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (May 12, 2017) – Amgen Tour of California organizer AEG
announced rosters for the 2017 UCI WorldTour race, which will run May 14-20 over 583 miles of picturesque California terrain from Sacramento to Pasadena.
Featuring 17 teams of eight cyclists representing 30 countries, the peloton will include eight World Champions, including reigning road race champion Peter Sagan, who also holds the record for Amgen Tour of California stage wins (15) and the 2015 race title. Competing by his side will be BORA-hansgrohe teammate Rafal Majka (POL), who won the road race bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.
Sagan will be defending the Visit California Sprint Jersey, which he’s won six times, against the likes of Team KATUSHA ALPECIN’S Alexander Kristoff (NOR), Quick-Step Floors’ Marcel Kittel (GER), Trek-Segafredo’s John Degenkolb (GER), Team Dimension Data’s U.S. rider Tyler Farrar and Team Sky’s Elia Viviani (ITA), who took gold in the 2016 Olympic Games Omnium event.
Two other riders return to defend jerseys won last year: Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team’s Toms Skujiņš (LAT), who earned last year’s Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey; and Rally Cycling’s Evan Huffman (Elk Grove, Calif.), fresh off his Tour of the Gila win, who captured the 2016 Lexus King of the Mountain Jersey. Huffman will have a challenge in Team Dimension Data’s Lachlan Morton (AUS) and BORA-hansgrohe’s Rafal Majka (POL), who won the Tour de France climbing contest last year.
With 25 U.S. riders in the field, including Cannondale-Drapac’s fan favorite Taylor Phinney (Boulder, Colo.), three who finished in the top-5 overall in last year’s Amgen Tour of California return seeking a podium spot: BMC Racing Team’s Brent Bookwalter (Rockford, Mich.), the only American cyclist to race in both the Tour de France and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games last year; Cannondale-Drapac’s Andrew Talansky (Key Biscayne, Fla./Napa, Calif.); and teammate Lawson Craddock (Houston, Texas) finished 3-4-5, respectively, in 2016. On their heels in 7th place last year was Team Lotto-NL Jumbo’s George Bennett (NZL), who will be contesting for top billing on the leader board along with 2015 7th place finisher Ian Boswell (USA) of Team Sky, who has since gained experience in two European Grand Tours.