Meet the 29 American and Canadian Riders in the 2018 Tour of California

The May 13-19 Tour of California – now in its 2nd year as a WT race – is the biggest race on the American continent. And this year’s line-up is impressive.

3 likely sprint stages have attracted virtually all the world star sprinters: Mark Cavendish, Peter Sagan, Marcel Kittel, Alexander Kristoff, Caleb Ewan, Fernando Gaviria.

As for the GC, stage 2 with the hard climb of Gibraltar Rd (12km at 8% average) to a summit finish, stage 4 with a long an technical 34.7km individual time trial in San José and a brutal stage 6 with 13,000ft of climbing will be key.

22 North American riders from 5 WT teams and 3 PC teams will be competing. No current US road national champion in the only men’s WorldTour race in the US as Larry Warbasse’s Aqua Blue Sport team didn’t get an invitation. George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) winner last year will not be back to defend his title.

Neilson Powless

21 yo
Climber / GC
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Lotto NL - Jumbo (WT)

In 2016, Powless then only 19 yo, launched a stunning attack on the tough Gibraltar road. He was caught and finished fifth on the day but he definitely got a lot of attention. He will this year too. Strong TT too.

Sepp Kuss

23 yo
All-rounder / Climber
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Lotto NL - Jumbo (WT)

Kuss is LottoNL's other American neo-pro recruit for 2018. Just like Powless, he is learning his way on the biggest stages in cycling but the ToC - with Utah - is more in his comfort zone. That means watch out for him.

Brent Bookwalter

34 yo - Albuquerque, NM
All-rounder
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BMC Racing (WT)

Fresh off a strong ride in the Tour de Yorkshire (won by teammate Greg Van Avermaet) Brent will be a contender. In 2016 he took the 3rd place overall. Plans: co-lead with Van Garderen and grab wins when possible.

Tejay Van Garderen

29 yo - Bozeman, MO
Climber
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BMC Racing (WT)

This is Tejay's first participation since he took the overall in 2013. This is his big chance at an overall win in a WT stage race for the year and his manager Jim Ochowicz has turned the pressure on.

Joey Rosskopf

28 yo - Decatur, GA
 
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BMC Racing (WT)

Ian Boswell

27 yo - Bend, OR
Climber
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Katusha Alpecin (WT)

Ian has been training in California for a while now. He has performed well in this race in the past and has clear GC and stage ambitions. He finished 5th overall last year while riding with Team Sky.

Evan Huffman

28 yo - Elk Grove, CA
Stage races / TT
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Rally Cycling (PC)

Team leader and spectacular double stage winner last year. Watch out for Evan.

Robert Britton

33 yo - Regina, SK
Climber
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Rally Cycling (PC)

In great form: fresh of an overall win last month at the Tour of the Gila.

Robin Carpenter

25 yo - Philadelphia, PA
 
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Rally Cycling (PC)

Adam de Vos

24 yo - Victoria, BC
GC / Climber
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Rally Cycling (PC)

Ty Magner

27 yo - Griffin, GA
Sprinter
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Rally Cycling (PC)

Brandon McNulty

30 yo - Phoenix, AZ
TT / All-rounder
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Rally Cycling (PC)

Danny Pate

39 yo - Colorado Springs, CO
All-rounder
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Rally Cycling (PC)

Will Barta

22 yo - Boise, IS
 
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Hagens Berman Axeon (PC)

Sean Bennett

22 yo
 
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Hagens Berman Axeon (PC)

Ian Garrison

20 yo - Decatur, GA
TT / All-rounder
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Hagens Berman Axeon (PC)

Taylor Phinney

27 yo - Boulder, CO
 
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EF Education First - Drapac p/b Cannondale (WT)

A solo breakaway stage winner in 2014, Phinney is expected to do well. His recent 8th at Paris-Roubaix suggests a great form, i.e. a great threat.

Lawson Craddock

26 yo - Austin, TX
 
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EF Education First - Drapac p/b Cannondale (WT)

The 2017 edition was disappointing for Lawson Craddock and he hopes to do a lot better this year. This is a home race and he says that adds to the fun.

Alex Howes

30 yo - Golden, CO
Rouleur
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EF Education First - Drapac p/b Cannondale (WT)

Logan Owen

23 yo - Bremerton, WA
Rouleur
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EF Education First - Drapac p/b Cannondale (WT)

Owen's first time in California with a WorldTour team.

Peter Stetina

30 yo
Climber
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Trek - Segafredo (WT)

Big GC goals for this team leader. Peter is healthy again and has been training around his Lake Tahoe cabin with the aim of a first big result for 2018 and maybe erase the memory of a 2016 near-win on Gibraltar.

Kiel Reijnen

31 yo
Sprinter
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Trek - Segafredo (WT)

Kiel has been training with teammate Peter Stetina and will be the team's sprinter in a race that is a major goal of the 2018 season.

John Murphy

33 yo - Horse Shoe, NC
Sprinter
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Holowesko Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources (PC)

Miguel Bryon

23 yo - Miami, Fla
 
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Holowesko Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources (PC)

TJ Eisenhart

21 yo - Lehi, Utah
Climber
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Holowesko Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources (PC)

Chief sports director Thomas Craven: “TJ has been looking forward to this race and the competition. I am banking that he brings the sunshine to Santa Barbara and the Gibraltar climb.”

Brendan Rhim

22 yo - Norwich, VT
 
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Holowesko Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources (PC)

Gavin Mannion

26 yo - Austin, TX
 
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UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling (PC)

Declared goal: a top 10 result overall. Recent results suggest he's on form coming into the race.

Travis McCabe

29 yo - Tucson, AZ
Sprinter
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UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling (PC)

His focus: the expected bunch sprint finish to 3rd stage (King City to Laguna Seca Raceway). Can he snag a win from the star WT sprinters?

Tanner Putt

26 yo - Park City, UT
 
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UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling (PC)

His 6th participation in the ToC with UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling.



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