COMPETITORS ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA WOMEN’S RACE EMPOWERED WITH SRAM; THREE-DAY STAGE RACE BEGINS THURSDAY, MAY 17


May 16, 2018

Olympians, National Champions to Feature in America’s Premier Cycling Race


ELK GROVE, Calif. (May 16, 2018) – AEG, presenter of the annual Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM, today announced rosters for the 2018 professional cycling race that runs May 17-19 in Northern California.

The peloton is stacked with decorated cyclists from around the world, who will compete across 187 miles over three stages in Elk Grove (Thursday), South Lake Tahoe (Friday) and Sacramento (Saturday), with the race finale culminating in the shadow of the California state capitol building as the men’s Amgen Tour of California event also concludes.

Featuring 15 teams of cyclists representing 18 countries, the field of 85 includes 29 accomplished U.S. riders.

Among them are prominent California cyclists including thee-time National Champion and 2016 race champion Megan Guarnier (San Mateo, Calif.) racing with the USA Cycling Team; UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling’s Katie Hall (Oakland, Calif.), who won on the slopes of South Lake Tahoe last year and ended the race in second place, just one second away from the overall win; and Team Sunweb’s Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif.) who claimed the third stage on an identical Sacramento circuit course last year.

Other favorites include CANYON//SRAM Racing’s Kasia Niewiadoma (POL), who is stacking up early season results; TWENTY20 Pro Cycling p/b Sho-Air’s phenom

Chloé Dygert (Brownsburg, Ind.), who recently won two stages at the Tour of the Gila;

USA Cycling Team’s sister duo Samantha and Skylar Schneider (West Allis, Wis.); and Wiggle High5’s Annette “Netti” Edmondson (AUS) who won the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under earlier this year.

“The world will be watching as some of the best women in the world deliver the best racing in America,” said Kristin Klein, president of the Amgen Tour of California and executive vice president of AEG Sports. “I’m thrilled to welcome our world-class field to California and for our fans – near and far – to witness another thrilling edition of the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM.” 

FAVORITES IN POPULAR CATEGORIES INCLUDE:

General Classification (Overall Contenders)

  • Megan Guarnier (USA), USA Cycling Team (USA)
  • Katie Hall (USA), UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling (USA)
  • Kasia Niewiadoma (POL), CANYON//SRAM Racing (GER)
  • Arlenis Sierra (CUB), Astana Women’s Team (ITA)
  • Ruth Winder (USA), Team Sunweb (NED)
  • Jasmin Duehring (USA), TWENTY20 Pro Cycling p/b SHO-AIR (USA)
  • Allie Dragoo (USA), TWENTY20 Pro Cycling p/b SHO-AIR (USA)
  • Sara Poidevin (CAN), Rally Cycling (USA)
  • Sara Bergen (CAN), Rally Cycling (USA)
  • Grace Anderson (NZL), Team Illuminate (USA)

Sprinters

  • Coryn Rivera (USA), Team Sunweb (NED)
  • Annette Edmondson (AUS), Wiggle High5 (GBR)
  • Skylar Schneider (USA), USA Cycling Team (USA)
  • Samantha Schneider (USA), USA Cycling Team (USA)
  • Emma White (USA), Rally Cycling (USA)
  • Chloe Dygert Owen (USA), TWENTY20 Pro Cycling p/b SHO-AIR (USA)
  • Erica Allar (USA), Rally Cycling (USA)
  • Lauretta Hanson (AUS), UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling (USA)
  • Kendall Ryan (USA), Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank (USA)
  • Alexis Ryan (USA), CANYON//SRAM Racing (GER)
  • Shannon Malseed (AUS), Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank (USA)

Climbers

  • Katie Hall (USA), UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling (USA)
  • Megan Guarnier (USA), USA Cycling Team (USA)
  • Kasia Niewiadoma (POL), CANYON//SRAM Racing (GER)
  • Arlenis Sierra (CUB), Astana Women’s Team (ITA)
  • Leah Thomas, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling (USA)
  • Alice Cook (GBR), Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank (USA)
  • Sara Poidevin (CAN), Rally Cycling (USA)
  • Sara Bergen (CAN), Rally Cycling (USA)

Stage Wins

  • Chloe Dygert Owen (USA), TWENTY20 Pro Cycling p/b Sho-Air (USA)
  • Emma White (USA), Rally Cycling (USA)
  • Megan Guarnier (USA), USA Cycling Team (USA)
  • Kasia Niewiadoma (POL), CANYON//SRAM Racing (GER)
  • Annette Edmondson (AUS), Wiggle High5
  • Coryn Rivera (USA), Team Sunweb (NED)
  • Skylar Schneider (USA), USA Cycling Team (USA)
  • Kendall Ryan (USA), Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank (USA)
  • Alexis Ryan (USA), CANYON//SRAM Racing (GER)


TUNE IN TO AMERICA’S GREATEST RACE

Race data, text coverage and a nightly recap video of the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM will be available on Tour Tracker presented by Microsoft for mobile and desktop devices, along with recap videos at 9 p.m. nightly on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/AmgenTourofCali (opens in new window). Additionally, Voxwomen, the online women's cycling channel, will return to California to provide the best of the women’s race and behind-the-scenes action to give fans and followers insight into the peloton. Video coverage will be available at www.voxwomen.com (opens in new window) and www.amgentourofcalifornia.com (opens in new window) for the duration of the race, as well as live updates throughout the week on Voxwomen social media channels.

NBC Sports Group will air a comprehensive highlight show featuring robust coverage of the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM on Tuesday, May 22 at

10 p.m. PDT/Wednesday, May 23 at 1 a.m. EDT on NBCSN.

Amgen Tour of California fans can connect with the race through all of their favorite social media platforms and use #AmgenTOC to join the conversation.

About the Amgen Tour of California
The Amgen Tour of California and the Amgen Tour of California Women's Race empowered with SRAM are Tour de France-style cycling road races created and presented by AEG. Running concurrently, the races challenges the world's top professional cycling teams to compete along demanding courses that traverse hundreds of miles of California's iconic highways, byways and coastlines each spring. The teams chosen to participate have included Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and World Champions, and award important, world-ranking points to the top finishers. More information is available at amgentourofcalifornia.com.

About Amgen
Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.

Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.

For more information, visit www.amgen.com and follow us on www.twitter.com/amgen.

About AEG
Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, AEG is the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company. With offices on five continents, AEG operates in the following business segments:        AEG Facilities, which is affiliated with or owns, manages or consults with more than 120 preeminent arenas, stadiums, theaters, clubs and convention centers around the world including STAPLES Center, The O2 Arena, the Sprint Center and the Mercedes-Benz Arenas; AEG Presents, which is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music and special events and world-renowned festivals; AEG Real Estate, which develops world-class venues, as well as major sports and entertainment districts like STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE; AEG Sports, which is the world’s largest operator of sports franchises and high-profile sporting events; and AEG Global Partnerships, which oversees worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships including naming rights, premium seating and other strategic partnerships. Through its worldwide network of venues, portfolio of powerful sports and music brands, AXS.com ticketing platform, AXS cable television channel and its integrated entertainment districts, AEG entertains more than 100 million guests annually. More information about AEG can be found at www.aegworldwide.com.

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