The 2009 Tour of California features two Tour de France winners, 16 Tour de France stage winners, 11 world champion cyclists, eight Olympic medalists, seven national champions, and eight American race champions.
“Welcoming such an impressive group of international and domestic cyclists to the race is something that we are incredibly proud of,” said Andrew Messick, president of Tour organizer AEG Sports. “The growing reputation of the Amgen Tour of California has resulted in the best, most accomplished, field of cyclists to ever to race on U.S. soil.”
“The peloton is terrific,” says renowned race announcer Phil Liggett. “You can happily call it the fourth or fifth biggest race in the world. The organization of this race just ticks. It is the best field that has ever raced in the U.S.”