Organisers of the Tour of California have released the names of the 16 teams that will be lining up for the North American stage race over May 13-20, 2012.
The list includes eight WorldTour-level teams, four Professional Continental registered teams and four Continental-level outfits.
Last year’s race was won by Chris Horner (RadioShack), who is currently leading Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy.
Horner’s new team, RadioShack-Nissan, will come up against the team of his former colleague and 2011 Tour of California runner-up Levi Leipheimer – Omega Pharma-QuickStep.
British team Sky are not present at this year’s race.
BMC Racing Team (USA)
Omega Pharma-QuickStep (BEL)
Ag2r La Mondiale (FRA)
UCI Professional Continental Teams
Team Spidertech Powered By C10 (CAN)
Project 1t4i (NED)
UCI Continental Teams
Team Optum Presented By Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA)
Bissell Pro Cycling (USA)
Team Exergy (USA)
Bontrager Livestrong (USA)