Saturday, February 16, 2008

Third Amgen Tour of California poised as best yet

It’s been the biggest race in North America for the past two years, and the third edition of the 650-mile Amgen Tour of California, held over a north-to-south route from February 17-24, will be no exception.

This year’s Tour of California field includes two-time and reigning world champion Paolo Bettini and his Quick Step teammate Tom Boonen, two-time and reigning world time trial champion Fabian Cancellara (CSC), three-time world champion Oscar Freire (Rabobank) and U.S. national champion and defending Tour of California winner Levi Leipheimer in Astana’s U.S. racing debut.

Tour de France winner Alberto Contador will not race for Astana, but American Chris Horner will return to the Tour of California to race alongside Leipheimer.

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