|Linden, NJ (January 26, 2009) -- The Colavita/Sutter Home Men’s Cycling Team presented by Cooking Light, the #2 team in the NRC, has been invited to join the top cycling teams in the world to race the 2009 Amgen Tour of California. Director Sportif Sebastian Alexandre made the announcement.
“We are thrilled to join the best of the best at the Amgen Tour of California,” said Alexandre. “Our squad is honored to line up with world-renowned cyclists like Lance Armstrong and defending race champion Levi Leipheimer.”
Colavita/Sutter Home opened the 2009 season with a strong showing at the Tour of San Luis, the largest stage race in Argentina (UCI 2.1). Sprinter Sebastian Haedo captured a stage victory early in the seven-day race and won the overall sprint competition. Cuban powerhouse Luis Amaran raced to victory in the stage six circuit race and finished 6th in the general classification, one second behind 2006 Giro d’Italia winner Ivan Basso (Liquigas).
Amaran and Haedo will represent Colavita/Sutter Home at the 2009 Amgen Tour of California along with Alejandro Borrajo, who represented his native Argentina at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and climbing specialist Anthony Colby, ranked #4 in the NRC. Colavita/Sutter Home’s complete roster for the 2009 Amgen Tour of California includes:
· Luis Amaran (CUB)
· Alejandro Borrajo (ARG)
· Anibal Borrajo (ARG)
· Anthony Colby (USA)
· Davide Frattini (ITA)
· Sebastian Haedo (ARG)
· Aaron Olson (USA)
· Tyler Wren (USA)
The 2009 Amgen Tour of California begins February 14 and continues through February 22. The nine-stage race covers 750 miles, from the state capital in Sacramento to Escondido in San Diego County. Information about the race is available at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com. Daily broadcast coverage will be provided by the VERSUS network, with live coverage of the middle stages for the first time. Check www.Versus.com for local channels and the complete broadcast schedule.
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