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by Shane Stokes
April 25, 2018
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USA Cycling has announced its roster for the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM. Megan Guarnier, Skylar Schneider, Katie Compton, Christina Birch, Samantha Schneider, and Jennifer Wheeler will ride for Team USA on the roads of California in the three-day stage race, held May 17-19. The USA Cycling Team will race alongside an international field of riders representing 15 total women’s teams in the UCI Women’s WorldTour event.
Guarnier claimed overall victory at the 2016 edition of the race, taking home the yellow jersey in her home state. She also won Stage 1 last year in Lake Tahoe. Her Boels-Dolmans team is not participating in this year’s race, so she is instead competing in stars and stripes.
“I am excited to start for the USA Cycling Team at this year’s Amgen Tour of California,” said Guarnier, a three-time U.S. national champion. “It’s my home race and always an amazing event, and I’m proud to be able to support cycling in America.”
Compton, who has won the last 14 consecutive USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships, joins the Team USA squad on the road for the California race. She took silver at this year’s UCI Cyclocross World Championships after winning the national title, and she recently participated in the USA Cycling Talent ID Camp held in Colorado Springs, where she focused on track cycling.
“Being part of the USA Cycling Team for the Tour of California is a huge honor and one I’m looking forward to,” Compton said. “It’s the biggest road race I’ll do all year and I’m excited to race on a team of talented and strong women. I’m happy that USA Cycling has provided me an opportunity to take part in a race that I wouldn’t have the option to do otherwise. The racing is going to be really hard and a big challenge for me, but I cannot think of a better way to jump start my preparation for ’cross season.”