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For the past decade, the men’s Amgen Tour of California has been the biggest race in North America, attracted some of the world’s biggest cycling stars. For women however, the race was limited to an invitational individual time trial and criteriums without much grandeur or UCI points on offer. This all changed in 2015, when the Women’s Tour of California empowered by SRAM grew into a proper stage race with a UCI 2.1 ranking.
Now in 2016, a banner year for women’s cycling, the Women’s Tour of California will be bigger, more international and more competitive than ever before. The four-day stage was selected to be part of the inaugural UCI Women’s WorldTour, and today race organisers announced that seven of the top 10 UCI teams will be present, including current top-ranked Wiggle High5.
Held in conjunction with the men’s event, the Women’s Tour of California empowered by SRAM will take place May 19-22 and will the be the first UCI Women’s WorldTour stage race in North America.
Among the world class contestants will be two-time Olympic and World Time Trial Champion Kristen Armstrong.
“The Women’s WorldTour is coming to home soil, and I couldn’t be more excited. This amazing opportunity will showcase women’s cycling on the biggest stage in our sport,” commented Armstrong, America’s most decorated female cyclist. “The Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race will bring the best of the best including Olympians, World Champions and National Champions representing countries from across the world – and not to mention the event lands just three months before Rio!”
The full list of confirmed teams for the 2016 Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM includes:
- BePink (ITA)
- Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team (NED)
- Canyon/SRAM Racing (GER)
- Colavita | Bianchi p/b Vittoria Women’s UCI Pro Team (USA)
- Cylance Pro Cycling (USA)
- Drops Cycling Team (GBR)
- Hagens Berman | Supermint Pro Cycling Team (USA)
- Hitec Products (NOR)
- Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa (GBR)
- Rabo-Liv Women Cycling Team (NED)
- Rally Cycling (USA)
- Team TIBCO-SVB (USA)
- Twenty16 – Ridebiker (USA)
- UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA)
- USA Cycling (USA)
- Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling (USA)
- Weber Shimano Ladies Power (ARG)
- Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling (GBR)
Video coverage will be available by Vox Women at www.voxwomen.com and www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.