Roster Released For Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race Empowered with SRAM


Published on May 15, 2019

World Champions, National Champions and Olympians Will Line up in Ventura Thursday for UCI WorldTour Stage Race


VENTURA (May 15, 2019) – AEG, producer and presenter of the Amgen Tour of California Women's Race empowered with SRAM announced rosters for the annual women’s stage race that kicks off Thursday*.

Over three days from May 16-18, the elite field of 16 teams comprised of 96 riders representing 21 countries will compete over a 177-mile course for the first time exclusively in Southern California, including the race start in Ventura, the “Queen Stage” from Ontario to the summit finish atop Mt. Baldy, and the overall race conclusion from Santa Clarita to Pasadena. Seven of the world’s current top-9 UCI ranked women’s teams will compete in the three-day road race, including top-ranked Boels Dolmans (NED).

The only UCI women’s stage race on the continent, and fifth longest of the 23 UCI WorldTour races, America’s Greatest Race will showcase Boels Dolmans’ Olympic gold medalist and current World Champion Anna Van der Breggen (2017) and the top-three finishers in last year’s edition including California-based reigning race champion Katie Hall (2018) returning to compete along with six current National Road Race Champions.

The elite field will include former World Champions Lizzie Deignan (2015/Trek-Segafredo) and Chantal Blaak (2017/Boels Dolmans); WNT ROTOR Pro Cycling Team‘s German rider Lisa Brennauer and Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team’s Amber Neben (USA), who both hold multiple World and National Champion titles.

Starting off in their hometown of Ventura, Calif. sisters Kendall Ryan (TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank) and Alexis Ryan (CANYON//SRAM) will try their home court advantage on a punchy stage that includes 5,000 feet of climbing and ends with an unforgiving ascent to Serra Cross over gifted climbers Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC – Liv) and Kasia Niewiadoma (CANYON//SRAM), who took third place at last year’s race.

Astana’s Arlenis Sierra (Astana), who claimed the green jersey at the 2017 California event and a stage win in Sacramento last year will return, as will Trek-Segafredo U.S. riders Tayler Wiles, who placed second in last year’s edition, and Ruth Winder, who claimed a stage at the 2018 Giro d’Italia Femminile.

The world will watch to see what the field’s upcoming cyclists have in store, including 2020 Tokyo Olympic hopefuls Emma White (Rally UHC); Chloé Dygert (Sho-Air TWENTY20), who set a World Record on the track for individual pursuit last year; and Tustin, Calif.-based speedster Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb), who at age 26 holds 72 national titles and a 2017 stage victory in California.

With equal prize money being awarded each stage, the final three stages of the men’s Amgen Tour of California event run consecutively beginning with a stage finish in Ventura Thursday making it the only multi-stage men’s and women’s duel event on the UCI WorldTour calendar. Fans can tune into NBC Saturday for the thrilling live conclusions of both races. Following the awards ceremony at Pasadena’s famed Rose Bowl, public are invited to the inaugural Rose Pedal open streets event, where attendees can cycle, run, or walk the closed course and participate in fitness activities for the remainder of the day.

FAVORITES IN POPULAR CATEGORIES INCLUDE:

General Classification (Overall Contenders)

  • Katie Hall (USA), Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
  • Anna van der Breggen (NED), Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
  • Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA), CCC-Liv
  • Chantal Blaak (NED), Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
  • Kasia Niewiadoma (POL), CANYON // SRAM Racing
  • Tayler Wiles (USA), Trek-Segafredo
  • Juliette Labous (FRA), Team Sunweb
  • Lisa Brennauer (GER), WNT ROTOR Pro Cycling Team
  • Lizzie Deignan (GBR), Trek-Segafredo

Sprinters

  • Arlenis Sierra (CUB), Astana Women’s Team
  • Coryn Rivera (USA), Team Sunweb
  • Kendall Ryan (USA), Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank
  • Chloe Dygert (USA), SHO-AIR Twenty20
  • Skylar Schneider (USA), Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
  • Alison Jackson (CAN), Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank

Climbers

  • Katie Hall (USA), Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
  • Kasia Niewiadoma (POL), CANYON // SRAM Racing
  • Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA), CCC-Liv
  • Brodie Chapman (AUS), Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank
  • Krista-Doebel-Hickok (USA), Rally UHC Cycling
  • Clara Koppenburg (GER), WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team

Stage Wins

  • Arlenis Sierra (CUB), Astana Women’s Team
  • Coryn Rivera (USA), Team Sunweb
  • Kendall Ryan (USA), Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank
  • Chloe Dygert (USA), SHO-AIR Twenty20
  • Skylar Schneider (USA), Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
  • Alison Jackson (CAN), Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank
  • Katie Hall (USA), Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
  • Kasia Niewiadoma (POL), CANYON // SRAM Racing
  • Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA), CCC-Liv
  • Brodie Chapman (AUS), Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank
  • Krista-Doebel-Hickok (USA), Rally UHC Cycling
  • Clara Koppenburg (GER), WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team
  • Marta Cavalli (ITA), Valcar Cylance Cycling
  • Blanca Moreno (COL), Astana Women’s Team
  • Amalie Dideriksen (DEN), Boels Dolmans Cycling Team

Fans can stay up to date on the race via live coverage on the free Amgen Tour of California App, Voxwomen, daily recaps on the race’s youtube channel and NBC Sports Network with the May 18 conclusion live on NBC, and via.

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.

 

*Rosters subject to change

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 challenge 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. For more information visit the Amgen Tour of California on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or www.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 biologics manufacturing 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 the world's largest independent biotechnology company, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.

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 150 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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