Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Anyone Going to the Tour of California 2009?

Amgen Tour of California: Feb 14-22, 2009
9-days, 750-mile course from Sacramento to Escondido
Tour of California Website

WHERE will they be racing in 2009
Sat 02.14.09 Prologue: Sacramento
Sun 02.15.09 Davis to Santa Rosa
Mon 02.16.09 Sausalito to Santa Cruz
Tues 02.17.09 San José to Modesto
Wed 02.18.09 Merced to Clovis
Thr 02.19.09 Visalia to Paso Robles
Fri 02.20.09 Solvang (ITT)
Sat 02.21.09 Santa Clarita to Pasadena
Sun 02.22.09 Rancho Bernardo to Escondido

WHO will be Racing in 2009
17 teams represent the strongest field that they have had at the Amgen Tour of California.
2009 Amgen Tour of California roster
Among the 17 Teams will be:
- 2 TDF Champions
- 11 World Champions
- 17 TDF Stage Winners
- 7 Olympic Medalists
- 26 Olympians
- 25 National Champions
- 7 Current National Champions
- 8 Major American Race Champions

Just because I like naming names . . . Armstrong, Leipheimer, Horner, Popovych, Sastre, Hushovd, Rollin, Jacque-Maynes, Hincapie, Cavendish, Barry, Rogers, Zajicek, Vande Velde, Danielson, Haedo, Lowe, Farrar, Landis, Pena, Hamilton, McCartney, Zabriskie, and my personal favorites - Boonen!, Andy Schleck!, Frank Schleck, Cancellara!, O'Grady, Basso, and Jens Voigt! (No Contador on the Astana roster, and no David Millar with Slipstream)

View a good stage cheat sheet here
See who is riding on each team here

You can see them all race against each other here in the United States! Is anyone else going? I will be there for 3 stages; at the Finish in Paso Robles, hanging around for the day in Solvang at the ITT, and either on the climb at Angeles Crest Hwy for the Stage from Santa Clarita-Pasadena, or in Escondido depending on the weather. I will send reports or a summary of the fun. If anyone will be there - let me know.

If you can’t make it out to California you can watch it live online or on TV, don't miss it!

WATCH IT Live online!
Tour Tracker
Undoubtedly the most fun you can have online ~ last year it allowed you to pick your riders and track them along the course. Ignore the obnoxious chat room and everything else is great.

Or on the good 'ol Tele
Versus - TV Coverage and Recaps
Interested in watching the Versus TV coverage – view the TV Schedule for ToC

Anyone want to make any predictions on who will win? (add a comment)

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