The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis was named one of 16 teams to compete in the fifth edition of the Amgen Tour of California Tuesday.
The team will compete against some of the finest riders in the world during the eight-day race, which has moved from February to its new time slot of May 16-23.
"We're honored and excited to once again be a part of the biggest stage race in North America," said Team Managing Director Mike Tamayo. "Every year the race gets bigger and more competitive, and hundreds of millions of people follow it around the world. This is truly America's grand tour."
The race, which begins on Sunday May 16 in Nevada City, will cover nearly 1,300 kilometers, finishing in Thousand Oaks on the 23rd. The race will include nine teams slated to participate in this year's Tour de France, including seven Pro Tour teams, with a deep international field of riders that will include current and former world champions, as well as numerous national champions.
"With a major international company like UnitedHealthcare coming on board as title sponsor this year, the Tour of California provides the perfect stage for us to represent them," said Team President Thierry Attias. "They have nearly 90,000 employees in the United States and around the world, and we know they'll be following the team throughout the week."
Three-time AToC winner Levi Leipheimer and RadioShack teammate and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong will be a part of the 2010 edition, as will world time trial champion and 2010 Tour of Flanders winner Fabian Cancellara and former world champion Tom Boonen.
"With each edition, we've shown that we belong on the same stage as the biggest teams and best riders in the world," Tamayo said. "With riders like Rory Sutherland, Karl Menzies and Marc de Maar, we intend to again make an impact on the race this year."