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by Mark Zalewski
March 10, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: André Greipel powers to spring win at Paris-Nice; Geraint Thomas solos to win on second stage of Tirreno-Adriatico; Australia dominates Oceania Championship time trials; Former colleague defends Wiggins doctor Freeman: ‘I feel like he’s been strung up’; Amgen Tour of California men’s, women’s teams announced; Nicolas Roche says he would not back Brailsford either; Kluge, Ewan both out of Tirreno-Adriatico; Unable to find a new team, Alessandro Vanotti retires; Boonen: I will truly miss the team time trial; Alabama Cycling Classic to feature live streams; NASCAR racing champions choose cycling for fitness; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 5 highlights; 2017 Tirreno-Adriatico: Stage 2 highlights; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: Focus on Kasia Niewiadoma.
Team selections have been announced for the May 14-20 Amgen Tour of California and the May 11-14 Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race empowered with SRAM. America’s most prestigious race joins the men’s UCI WorldTour this year with 11 WorldTour teams, three Pro Continental squads, and two Continental teams — marking the first time Continental teams have appeared at a UCI WorldTour event.
Four programs — Astana, Sunweb, UnitedHealthcare, and Rally Cycling — will field both men’s and women’s teams at the race.
Amgen Tour of California veteran Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) returns after taking his tenth Amgen Tour of California career stage win last year; he went on to win four stages at the 2016 Tour de France and his first Olympic medal (silver in the omnium).
Cavendish will face against Katusha-Alpecin star Alexander Kristoff, world champion and all-time Amgen Tour of California stage win record holder Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe), Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix winner John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis), who holds multiple stage wins at the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España.
As in 2016, the Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race is part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour. This year’s race will include 16 star-studded teams, half of which are based in the United States. 2016 champion Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans), a three-time U.S. national champion, will return to California to defend her title with the UCI’s number-one ranked team.
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