Top Cyclers Bennett, Sagan, van Garderen Pasadena-Bound in Amgen Tour of California

Published : Thursday, March 14, 2019 | 5:11 PM

L-R: George Bennett, Peter Sagan and Tejay van Garderen

Teams and riders are set for the 2019 Amgen Tour of California that will include renowned pros including Team Jumbo-Visma’s George Bennett, BORA-Hansgrohe’s three-time World Champion Peter Sagan, and EF Education First Pro Cycling’s U.S. veteran rider Tejay van Garderen.

AEG said the men’s race will feature the current top-three world tour teams and a world-class peloton consisting of international and national champions, Olympic and Tour de France veterans.

The men’s race, from May 12 to 18, will boast 19 men’s teams of elite professional cyclists and cover 773 miles beginning at Sacramento and finishing in Pasadena.

But it’s not all about the men, either.

The women’s edition kicks-off in Ventura on May 16 and finishes in Pasadena on May 18, with 16 women’s teams, including past race champions like Boels Dolmans’ Olympic gold medalist and current world champion Anna Van der Breggen and California-based reigning race champion, Katie Hall.

USA Cycling Team riders with an eye to the 2020 Olympic Games will also be competing, as will Northern Californian Peter Stetina, who placed second on the Gibraltar Stage in 2016.

Seven of the current Top 9 Union Cycliste Internationale ranked teams will compete in the three-day Women’s Race, which includes teams from the UK, Russia, Italy, Mexico, Germany, and the Netherlands, as well as at least five USA teams.

The elite field will include the top three finishers from the 2018 event, Olympic medalists and world champions Lizzie Deignan (2015) and Chantal Blaak (2017); WNT ROTOR Pro Cycling Team‘s German rider Lisa Brennauer, who holds multiple world and national champion titles; and Astana’s Arlenis Sierra, who claimed the green jersey at the 2017 California event and a stage win in Sacramento last year.

Also expected to compete are Ventura sisters Kendall Ryan and Alexis Ryan, 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 race will also feature 2020 Tokyo Olympic hopefuls Emma White, Chloé Dygert, and Tustin-based speedster Coryn Rivera, who at age 26 holds 72 national titles and a 2017 stage victory in California.

Fans and cycling enthusiasts will have the opportunity to ride part of the 2019 Amgen Tour of California course just like the pros on the ascent to Mt. Baldy near Los Angeles when the annual L’Etape California by Le Tour de France public ride returns to Southern California Sunday, June 9.

Fans of all ages can experience the race as a VIP from an all-inclusive hospitality tent or through once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. To learn more, visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/vip-experiences. VIP Hospitality Passes for stage starts and finishes are available at www.axs.com/amgen2019.