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Are You Ready for Some Racing?
By Cathy Mehl
Date: 2/17/2006
Are You Ready for Some Racing?
Are you ready for some racing

Are you ready for some racing?

We've been talking about it and anticipating it for months. We've heard rumors about who will and will not be riding the race. We've watched the weather over the past month go from warm and sunny to warmer and sunnier, but now it's turned cold again in the City by the Bay. It's time to ride and the cyclists of the inaugural Amgen Tour of California are poised to take to the streets of San Francisco on Sunday, February 19th with an individual Prologue as the 700 mile race begins at last.

The Stages:

Prologue: San Francisco Time Trial

Day: Sunday the 19th
Start: San Francisco
KOMs: 0
Finish: San Francisco
Start Time: 10:00 AM
Miles: 1.9
KM: 3.1
Finish ETA: 12:22 PM
Race Format: Prologue Time Trial
Terrain: Hill

At 10 a.m., riders will open the competition with a short, intense Prologue through the streets of San Francisco. Starting by the Ferry Building at Pier 1, the 1.9-mile course will run along the Embarcardero until making the sharp left onto Bay Street that will bring the riders up the tight and steep climb through Telegraph Hill to the finish at Coit Tower.

Stage One: Sausalito to Santa Rosa

With the start on the Marin side of the San Francisco Bay, Stage One will cover roughly 84 miles from Sausalito to Santa Rosa. On its way up Highway 1, the course will run through the Marin Headlands, flanked on both sides by national parkland, before leaving the Point Reyes National Seashore for the race's first sprint competition line in Point Reyes. After crossing into Sonoma, spectators can watch the race for the stage win unfold as the field completes three laps of a technical finishing circuit in downtown Santa Rosa.

Stage Two: Martinez to San Jose

The race will next turn south toward two decisive days in San Jose. After neutral parade laps in the start city of Martinez, the stage is a hilly ride through the East Bay that will bring the race over its first significant climb. Coming 22 miles before the finish line in downtown San Jose, the Sierra Road climb east of the city center will be the first Category One (highest ranked in order of difficulty) ascent in the King of the Mountains competition.

Stage Three: San Jose Time Trial

A 17-mile Individual Time Trial on the outskirts of San José will test the cyclists on an undulating course along the Chesbro and Calero Reservoirs.

Stage Four: Monterey to San Luis Obispo

The "Queen Stage" of this year's race begins in Monterey and follows scenic Highway 1 where the mountains run into the Pacific Ocean. At 130 miles, this is the longest stage of the 2006 race and will test the riders on consistently hilly and technical terrain. The six-hour day will see the athletes go through the community of Big Sur and by Hearst Castle before shifting inland toward the finish in San Luis Obispo.

Stage Five: San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara

Starting in Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo, Stage Five to Santa Barbara will follow the central coast until the sprint city of Guadalupe, where the field will leave the flatlands and head east to the Santa Ynez Mountains via the Solvang area. The riders will then face the four-mile Category One climb to San Marcos Pass before descending to a beachfront finish in Santa Barbara.

Stage Six: Santa Barbara to Thousand Oaks

This shorter stage with a hilly profile from Santa Barbara to Thousand Oaks features four KOM climbs in the 80 miles that precede three laps of a three-mile circuit in Thousand Oaks that will cover the stage's final ten miles before finishing at title sponsor Amgen's corporate campus.

Stage Seven: Circuit Race, Redondo Beach

The race will culminate with a circuit race in Redondo Beach. The stage will be active as the riders compete on ten laps of a 7.65 mile circuit along the Redondo Beach Esplanade and through an intermediate sprint line in Riviera Village before returning to the start/finish line on Harbor Street. Thousands of spectators will be able to watch the race develop as the cyclists vie for the honor of winning the final stage of the first Amgen Tour of California.

The Teams

Sixteen teams will compete in the Tour of California. Top Pro Tour teams will go head to head against the best of the American squads, with the national team of Mexico thrown in to round out the field.

Team CSC

2 Bobby Julich (USA)
3 Lars Ytting Bak (Den)
4 Fabian Cancellara (Swi)
5 Karsten Kroon (Ned)
6 Stuart O'Grady (Aus)
7 Christian Vandevelde (USA)
8 Jens Voigt (Ger)
9 David Zabriskie (USA)

Discovery Channel

51 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita)
52 Michael Barry (Can)
53 Janez Brajkovic (Slo)
54 Thomas Danielson (USA)
55 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus)
56 Vladimir Gusev (Rus)
57 George Hincapie (USA)
58 Jason McCartney (USA)

T-Mobile Team

72 Scott Davis (Aus)
73 Bastiaan Giling (Ned)
74 André Greipel (Ger)
75 Bernhard Kohl (Aut)
76 André Korff (Ger)
77 Olaf Pollack (Ger)
78 Frantisek Rabon (Cze)

Phonak Hearing Systems

11 Floyd Landis (USA)
12 Martin Elmiger (Swi)
13 Robert Hunter (RSA)
14 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra)
15 Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (Spa)
16 Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA)
17 Alexandre Moos (Swi)
18 Steve Zampieri (Swi)


31 Levi Leipheimer (USA)
32 René Haselbacher (Aut)
33 Torsten Hiekmann (Ger)
34 Frank Hoj (Den)
35 David Kopp (Ger)
36 Sven Krauss (Ger)
37 Sebastian Lang (Ger)
38 Fabian Wegmann (Ger)

Saunier Duval - Prodir

41 Gilberto Simoni (Ita)
42 Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa)
43 Charles Dionne (Can)
44 Koldo Gil Perez (Spa)
45 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa)
46 Aaron Olsen (USA)
47 Marco Pinotti (Ita)
48 Riccardo Ricco (Ita)


21 Cadel Evans (Aus)
22 Bart Dockx (Bel)
23 Christopher Horner (USA)
24 Josep Jufre Pou (Spa)
25 Olivier Kaisen (Bel)
26 Pieter Mertens (Bel)
27 Fred Rodriguez (USA)
28 Preben Van Hecke (Bel)

Navigators Insurance

91 Benjamin Brooks (Aus)
92 Glen Alan Chadwick (Aus)
93 Vassili Davidenko (Rus)
94 Oleg Grishkine (Rus)
95 Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr)
96 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb)
97 David O'Loughlin (Irl)
98 Phil Zajicek (USA)

Health Net pb Maxxis

81 Gordon Fraser (Can)
82 Gregory Henderson (NZl)
83 Timothy Johnson (USA)
84 Michael Jones (USA)
85 Scott Moninger (USA)
86 Nathan O'Neill (Aus)
87 Hayden Roulston (NZl)
88 Mike Sayers (USA)

Jelly Belly

151 Kirk Albers (USA)
152 Andrew Bajadali (USA)
153 Alex Candelario (USA)
154 Brian Jensen (USA)
155 Brice Jones (USA)
156 Caleb Manion (Aus)
157 Nick Reistad (USA)
158 Matthew Rice (Aus)

Toyota-United Pro

121 Christopher Baldwin (USA)
122 Heath Blackgrove (NZl)
123 Antonio Cruz (USA)
124 Ivan Dominguez (Cub)
125 Justin England (USA)
126 Juan José Haedo (Arg)
127 Mariano Friedick (USA)
128 José-Manuel Garcia (Mex) Nevada

141 Dominique Perras (Can)
142 Jason Allen (NZl)
143 Michael Dietrich (USA)
144 Martin Gilbert (Can)
145 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA)
146 Peter Lopinto (USA)
147 Jackson Stewart (USA)
148 Scott Zwizanski (USA)


131 Danny Pate (USA)
132 Michael Creed (USA)
133 Lucas Euser (USA)
134 Michael Friedman (USA)
135 Charles Bradley Huff (USA)
136 Francois Parisien (Can)
137 Thomas Peterson (USA)
138 Taylor Tolleson (USA)

Credit Agricole

61 Saul Raisin (USA)
62 Jonathan Hivert (Fra)
63 Mads Kaggestad (Nor)
64 Jean Marc Marino (Fra)
65 Kilian Patour (Fra)
66 Rémi Pauriol (Fra)
67 Sébastien Portal (Fra)
68 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra)

Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines

111 Viktor Rapinski (Blr)
112 Gustavo Artacho (Arg)
113 Davide Frattini (Ita)
114 Zachary Grabowski (USA)
115 Todd Herriot (USA)
116 Mark McCormack (USA)
117 Kyle Wamsley (USA)
118 Tyler Wren (USA)

KB Home Mexican National Team

101 Antonio Aldape (Mex)
102 Fausto Esparza (Mex)
103 Jose Garcia (Mex)
104 Domingo Gonzalez (Mex)
105 Manuel Hernandez (Mex)
106 Arquimides Lam (Mex)
107 Edgardo Lugo (Mex)
108 Miguel Meza (Mex)

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