Riders to watch in the Amgen Tour of California
Second overall last year in the Tour of California. … Second this year in La Flèche Wallonne, a one-day classic in Belgium. … Should be in the lead group in climbing stages, particularly in Stage 3 near Santa Barbara.
Has 26 Tour de France and nine Tour of California stage wins among his 136 career titles. … Now in 12th pro season and still among the sport’s best sprinters.
Won the now-defunct USA Pro Challenge last August in Colorado. … Strong time trialist and climber just returning to competition after a lingering sinus infection. … Reigning Australian national time trial champion.
El Dorado Hills
Won the regional Chico Stage Race overall title in February. ... Finished fifth overall in early April at the Redlands Classic. … Placed 13th overall last week at the Tour of the Gila in New Mexico. A strong climber and time trialist now in his second year away from Astana, cycling’s former top-ranked team. … Former Elk Grove High School athlete still seeking a breakout result at a top-level race. … Finished 50th overall in the ATOC last year.
Won 2015 Tour of Flanders and 2014 Milan San-Remo, two of sport’s biggest one-day races. … Among cycling’s most prolific sprinters with a career-best 20 wins last season and seven to date in 2016.
Colorado Springs, Colo.
After eight seasons on the WorldTour as a domestique now riding for a U.S. Continental team. Has hopes of strong individual results as his career winds down … A pro since 2000 but without an individual win since the 2007 Tour of Missouri.
Axeon Hagens Berman
First-year road pro with an extraordinary spring season, including a time trial win at the Redlands Classic and overall title at the Joe Martin Stage Race in Arkansas three weeks later. … Has four win this season and finished 12th overall last week at the Tour of the Gila.
Defending ATOC titlist with a record 13 career stage wins. … Won the Tour of Flanders and Gent-Wevelgem this year. … Claimed the sprinters’ points classification at the Tour de France the past four years. … Don’t count him out of any ATOC stage, either to win or animate.
Back racing after suffering multiple injuries in a crash in Europe that nearly ended his career. Didn’t walk for four months. … Finished sixth in 2014 Tour of California. ... Has 32 race days this season, all in support roles. Seeking a return to top form with hopes of returning to Tour de France.
Won 2014 ATOC and 2012 Tour de France. … Concentrating on track cycling for Summer Olympics, his fifth, in his last professional season . … Dominated time trial stage two years ago in Folsom.
Has four wins this season, including two stages and the overall title at the Tour of the Gila. ... Had seven wins last year and eight wins in 2014 … Among the best female climbers in the sport.
The most decorated active U.S. female cyclist … A two-time Olympic time trial gold medalist and two-time world time trial titlist seeking to lead U.S. team in Rio de Janeiro, her fourth Olympics. ... Has five wins this season, including the time trial at the Tour of the Gila and the overall title this year at the Redlands Classic.
Reigning and two-time national road titlist. … Won a race in Portugal in mid-April for her fifth top-level international victory. Placed third in the women’s road race at the World Championships last September in Richmond, Va.
Won the Joe Martin Stage Race on April 24 and the Charlotte Criterium on May 1. The best female sprinter in the United States and quickly advancing globally at the sport’s top level. Began racing as a young teenager and now has 71 career national titles in multiple disciplines. If there’s a pack sprint, she’ll be in it.
Won the 2013 ATOC women’s time trial and set the women’s one-hour record in Colorado Springs, Colo., in February. Finished 24th in the 2012 Summer Olympic road race in London. … Was second this season at La Flèche Wallonne.