Omega Pharma – Quick-Step has announced their leaders for the Amgen Tour of California, May 12th to 19th. The eight-stage, 1172.7 km race begins in Escondido, and ends in Santa Rosa. The route progression is new, as the path changes in 2013 to a south-to-north direction for the first time in the eight-year history of the race.
“We go into this race with two leaders: Gianni Meersman and Sylvain Chavanel,” Sport Director Wilfried Peeters said. “Gianni did already good things this year and we will try to go for a stage with him. Chavanel is at his first race after the Classics, but he is the kind of rider able to train very well at home. Sylvain is motivated, especially for the TT in San Jose. Then we have a good group of riders to support them and to try to get into the breakaway. The parcour is not easy, but we will try to be protagonists day-by-day.”