Today the organisers of the Amgen Tour of California announced the 18 teams that will participate in its 10th anniversary event. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung are really happy to have been included in this years’ edition of the race. The Amgen Tour of California is America’s premier cycling race and takes place from 10-17 May.
The Amgen Tour of California is a race that for the last two years we hoped we would be invited to, we are grateful that this year we have been given our chance. If you look at past editions of the race, you will see it attracts some of the best Grand Tour riders in the world and is held in high regard by all the professional teams.
California has fast become one of the world cycling hubs, the crowds at the Amgen Tour of California are testament to this fact. We are delighted to now be able to bring the message of Qhubeka to these cycling fanatics and the continent of America.
Michel Cornelisse – Sports Director
“It’s the first time our team will be doing the Tour of California. Not only is it an important race for our sponsors but also for us it is a really important race and we really look forward to going there. Obviously when we are there we will want to play a prominent role in the action at the front of the race.”
Steve Cummings – Rider
“It’s exciting for the team to be debuting in the race. Our ENVE wheels are also made in America so it’s cool that we can go over there and show off how fast their wheels are. We don’t know the parcours yet but there is a time trial and that’s always a good test against the others. Generally the race always has a balanced route, sometimes it is a bit hot but it’s normally a really good race. It comes at a good time in the year, just as a lot of riders are getting back into racing after the classics and it is used by a lot of riders in preparation for the Tour de France.”