A brief glance at each group of riders

  • 4/19/2009:C7: Levi Leipheimer leads the peloton at the Tour of California in February. Leipheimer will ride next in the Tour of Italy.
    2/22/2009:C1: Levi Leipheimer maintains the overall lead as he rides with the peloton Saturday during Stage 7 of the Tour of California in Pasadena.
    PC: News/-- Levi Leipheimer maintains the overall lead as he rides with the Peloton, Saturday February 21, 2009 during stage 7 of the Tour of California in Pasadena. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2008


Based in Delton, Mich.

Circuit: UCI Continental

About: Ben Jacques-Maynes of Watsonville has been around the domestic pro cycling scene for many years and he'll lead a squad that consistently reached race podiums throughout the 2009 season and during the early 2010 season ... Jacques-Maynes finished third in the 2007 Tour of California (TOC) prologue and won six races in 2009 and also finished second to Lance Armstrong in the Nevada City Classic in 2009 ... This season, Jacques-Maynes won the three-event Merco Credit Union Cycling Classic ... Paul Mach, Rob Britton and Jeremy Vennell have had strong spring seasons and will provide key teamwork ... Mach won twice at the Sea Otter Classic in April; Vennell was also victorious in the Monterey Peninsula event and Britton finished second in the final stage of the recent Tour of the Gila in New Mexico. Vennell placed 26th overall last in the TOC, the team's highest general classification finish.

What's with the name: Bissell is a vacuum and home-cleaning products manufacturer.


Based in Santa Rosa

Circuit: UCI Pro Continental

About: Now in its fifth season, the team has arrived. In addition to its position in the TOC, it will simultaneously have a team in the Tour of Italy. And in July, BMC will make its Tour de France debut ... George Hincapie, who supported Lance Armstrong in all of his seven Tour de France wins, was a key lead-out rider for British sprinter Mark Cavendish last year in the TOC for Columbia-HTC, now HTC Columbia ... Hincapie's gone, opting for BMC whose president, Jim Ochowicz, helped mentor the rider's early career ... The reigning USPro National road titlist, Hincapie won stage 7 of the 2008 TOC and finished third in stage 8 and 15th overall in 2009. He was also fourth overall in 2006 ... While overall team leader Cadel Evans is currently competing in the Tour of Italy with key teammates, the squad riding in the TOC will have a good strong mix of American and Swiss riders, most notably versatile American stage racers Jackson Stewart and Chad Beyer.

What's with the name: BMC is a bicycle manufacturer in Switzerland.

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