Degenkolb Happy to Return to Being a Professional Cyclist Again
Text by Rebecca Reza
Photo by Eibhir
Decorated German sprinter John Degenkolb of Team Giant Alpecin, will line up for his first stage race of the season tomorrow at the Amgen Tour of California. Six months ago, Degenkolb’s career nearly came to an end in one of the most horrific training crashes in professional cycling.
Starting the Second Decade of Racing in the United States
Photo and Text by Rebecca Reza
The 2016 Amgen Tour of California returns for the 11th edition running south to north for only the second time in its history. The 782-mile men’s race kicks off Sunday, May 15 with a loop around first-time city host, San Diego. The 8-stage route will then skip and jump around the state before finishing in Sacramento a week from its start, to complete one of the longest editions.
Ten out of the 18 professional teams competing in California are from the WorldTour, the most in the races’ history. This partly at the expense of some of the top domestic continental teams, such as Team Jamis from the USA and Silber Pro Cycling from Canada, that will both be missing at the starting line.
Custom Team Bikes to Benefit UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation Families
At this year’s Amgen Tour of California, Rally Cycling will ride eight custom-designed Diamondback Podium bikes that will be put up for auction as part of the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) “Ride into Spring” fundraiser.
Each bike recognizes a child who has received a grant from UHCCF and features the child’s signature and unique butterfly artwork representing UHCCF and its dedication to helping children and families. The bikes are available for bidding online Friday, May 13, through Monday, May 23, with the goal of raising more than $75,000 to support funding of UHCCF medical grants. These grants are awarded to families who need financial assistance to help pay for their children’s health care treatments, services, or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plans.
California to Host Cycling Icons – World Champions, Olympic Medalists, Hopefuls and Tour de France Champ – in All-Star Lineup that includes Sagan, Wiggins, Cavendish, Degenkolb, Kristoff and Alaphilippe
AEG, presenter of the Amgen Tour of California (May 15-22), announced rosters for the eleventh annual stage race. One of the most important races on the international calendar, the event attracts some of the brightest cycling stars in the world to the golden state each May. This year’s field includes 11 World Champions, five Olympic medalists and Rio Olympic hopefuls.
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team will take advantage of the varied terrain at the 2016 Tour of California to field a strong squad of both sprinters and climbers. The men's event begins on Sunday May 15th, and takes the riders over eight scenic but challenging stages to the finish in the state's capital Sacramento on May 22nd.