Bradley Wiggins, winner of the 2012 Tour de France, is among the 128 cyclists on the team rosters announced for next week’s Amgen Tour of California. The 720-mile race starts Sunday in Sacramento. Stage 5 will start in Pismo Beach and finish in Santa Barbara on Thursday, May 15.
Wiggins followed his victory in France by winning the road race at the London Olympics, becoming the first man to claim the yellow jersey and an Olympic gold medal in the same year. The British cyclist, beset by illness and injury last year, will ride for Team Sky in California as he aims for a return to France.
Other standouts slated to race down the Pacific Coast are Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma – Quick Step), who has achieved 25 Tour de France stage wins; Peter Sagan (Cannondale), the all-time leader in California stage wins with 10; Thor Hushovd (BMC Racing), the Norwegian road champion; and U.S. riders Peter Stetina (BMC), Taylor Phinney (BMC), and Fred Rodriguez (Jelly Belly Cycling Team).