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<b>BISSELL</b>

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.

<b>BMC</b>

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.

<b>CERVELO (SWITZERLAND)</b>

Based in Switzerland

Circuit: UCI Pro Continental

About: Debuted in 2009 when Carlos Sastre of Spain surprisingly left CSC-Saxo Bank to join the upstart team after winning the 2008 Tour de France ... Sastre is the consummate Grand Tour rider currently competing in the Tour of Italy. He has 20 grand tour finishes, including nine straight Tour de France editions ... Heinrich Haussler of Germany, who won the 13th stage of the 2009 Tour de France, has missed most of the spring season with an injured quadriceps tendon, but will return at the TOC ... Theo Bos of the Netherlands is a five-time track world titlist now fully immersed into road cycling as a strong sprinter ... Brett Lancaster of Australia and Dominique Rollin of Canada, 33rd overall in 2009 in the TOC, are strong riders who'll seek stage wins.

What's with the name: Cervelo is a bicycle manufacturer and component supplier based in Canada

<b>FLY V AUSTRALIA (AUSTRALIA)</b>

Based in Australia

Circuit: UCI Continental

About: Debuted in 2009, Australia's most successful pro team has had a strong 2010 season start with 35 wins divided among 10 of the team's 15 riders ... The TOC squad will comprise four Australians (Jonathan Cantwell, Benjamin Day, Aaron Kemps, Bernie Sulzberger) two South Africans (Darren Lill and Jay Thompson) and veteran North Americans Charles Dionne of Canada and Phil Zaijeck of Boulder, Colo. ... Zaijeck finished third overall at the Tour of the Gila to Levi Leipheimer and Tom Danielson and Lill won the final stage after claiming the overall title the previous week at the Vuelta de Bisbee ... Dionne, a pro since 1999, is the team's senior rider known for long breakaways and had 2002 and 2004 titles in now-defunct San Francisco Grand Prix ... Fly V Australia claimed 94 wins in 2009 and with its strong season to date in 2010 hopes to advance to Pro Continental status in 2011.

What's with the name: Fly V Australia is an international airline based in Australia

<b>GARMIN-TRANSITIONS</b>

Based in Boulder, Colo.

Circuit: ProTour

About: The combined sponsored team will feature six Americans, a Canadian and a veteran Russian sprinter ... David Zabriskie has won stages in all three Grand Tours and he's had strong overall results at TOC, including second for the second time last year, 36 seconds behind Levi Leipheimer. Zabriskie has also finished 6th overall (2008) and second in the inaugural TOC year (2006) ... Steven Cozza of Petaluma will ride in the TOC for the fourth straight year. He's finished 65th, 64th and 44th overall as a domestique ... Thomas Peterson of North Bend, Wash., won the opening stage of the 2009 TOC and he'll be joined by veteran American Tom Danielson of Boulder, Colo., and Canadian Ryder Hesjedal, both Grand Tour veterans. Look for South African Robbie Hunter, a former Tour de France stage winner, on the podium in sprint stages.

What's with the name: Garmin is a U.S.-based global satellite navigation company; Transitions is the American lens manufacturer.

<b>HTC-COLUMBIA</b>

Based in San Luis Obispo

Circuit: ProTour

About: With Mark Cavendish of Great Britain and Andre Greipel of Germany, the squad had more wins in 2009 than other pro men's team. Cavendish, who won three stages of the Tour of the Italy last year, skipped the season's first Grand Tour to return to the Tour of California where he won two stages in 2009. He'llwill have Australian Mark Renshaw, generally considered the best lead-out rider in the sport, hoping to help him sure more wins this year ... Michael Rogers, third overall in the 2009 TOC, is a three-time world time trial titlist in the midst of his best season in several years ... Bernhard Eisel (Austria) and Hayden Roulston (New Zealand) are international veterans ... Eisel won Ghent-Wevelgam in March and a Tour of Switzerland stage in 2009. He's also finished the last six editions of the Tour de France ... Roulston finished 10th at Paris Roubaix and was second in stage 7 in the 2009 TOC ... Despite its American registration, Tejay Van Garderen, 22, of Tacoma, Wash., is the only U.S. cyclist on the team's TOC roster.

What's with the name: HTC is a Korean cellphone manufacturer; Columbia is a sport apparel company based in Portland, Ore.

<b>JELLY BELLY</b>

Presented by Kenda, Based in Fairfield, California

Circuit: UCI Continental

About: With only a 12-rider roster, Jelly Belly gets around. Washington rider Kiel Reijnen claimed the overall Tour of Thailand title in early April Jonathan Chordoff of Boulder, Colo., claimed the Valley of the Sun stage race in Tucson, Ariz., in February ... Mike Friedman, a transfer this season from Garmin-Slipstream in 2009, won the just-concluded 10-day Tour of Korea ... Team is now in its 11th season ... Mike Friedman, 28, a 2008 Olympian from Boulder, Colo., and Brad Huff, 31, who had six wins in 2009 are the team leaders ... Of the 84 finishers in the 2009 TOC, four were from Jelly Belly, including Will Routley (50th) and Bernard van Ulden (81st) who are TOC returnees, and will join Chordoff, Friedman, Huff, Reijnen as well as William Dickeson and Jeremy Powers on this year's TOC roster.

What's with the name: Confectionary company based in Fairfield, California.

<b>KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES</b>

Based in Minneapolis, Minn.

Circuit: UCI Continental

About: Enters fourth season with its strongest roster, including key returning riders David Veilleux, Scott Zwizanski (second at this year's US Pro time trial), Alex Candelario and Andrew Bajadali ... Team director Jonas Carney, the former pro sprinter, says: "Zwizanski is arguably the fastest time trialist riding for a non-ProTour team." ... Instead of competing in the early domestic National Racing Series, the squad prepared for the TOC by competing in numerous international events in 2010 including the Tour de Langkawi, Tour of Korea, Tour of Thailand, Tro Bro Leon and Le Tour de Bretagne Cicliste ... Candelario has been a TOC top-five sprint competition finisher ... Neil Shirley, fourth in the Tour of Thailand, and Jesse Anthony, second in the Tour of Korea, are designated climbers ... Veilleux and Zach Bell are strong overall riders.

What's with the name: Insurance brokers and consultants in Hunt Valley. Md.

<b>LIQUIGAS-DOIMO</b>

Based in Italy

Circuit: ProTour

About: Vincenzo Nibali's sixth overall was the highest placing for Liquigas the TOC last year, but the rising Italian star, who went on to finish seventh in the Tour de France, is competing this year in the Tour of Italy. As such, the squad this year will six Italians as well as Peter Sagan of Slovakia and Brian Vandborg of Denmark ... Vandborg, who placed 52nd overall in 2009, is the only returning finisher for 2010 ... Sagan, 20, is the team's surprise this season. Sagan replace an injured teammate at the last minute at Paris-Nice and claimed the first of his wo ProTour wins at Paris-Nice in March. He followed with a win at the Tour of Romandie.

What's with the name: Liquigas provides liquefied gas products in Italy; Doimo is an Italian furniture manufacturer.

<b>QUICK STEP</b>

Based in Belgium

Circuit: ProTour

About: One of the most successful squads in pro peloton, its roster is divided between the Tour of Italy and TOC ... Six of the team's riders in California are Belgian and the team's hopes are largely in sprint stages where former world road titlist Tom Boonen hopes to be in the mix with nemesis Fabian Cancellara (Saxo-Bank) ... Boonen, 29, won stage 2 to Sacramento in the 2008 TOC, and among his many international wins are several Tour de France stages and victories in one-day Classics like Paris -Roubaix ... Boonen has several wins this season, but finished a disappointing fifth in Paris-Roubaix ... Belgian Jurgen Van De Walle (14th), Carlos Barredo of Spain (37th) and German Kevin Hulsmans (74th) all return to the TOC in addition to Boonen, the current Belgian national road titlist ... Belgians Kurt Hovelynck, Maarten Wynants and Nikolas Maes and Andreas Stauff of Germany are all on the squad ... Quick Step has 275 victories in the past five seasons, most among ProTour teams.

What's with the name: Quick Step is a laminate flooring manufacturer based in Belgium.

<b>RABOBANK (NETHERLANDS)</b>

Based in the Netherlands

Circuit: ProTour

About: Participants in the TOC since the 2006 inaugural edition and one of the race's founding partners ... Squad features six Dutch riders and two Germans ... Lars Boom, an 11-time Dutch national titlist, is the 2008 world cyclo cross champion, the and 2009 Tour of Belgium winner and prologue winner in this year's Paris-Nice ... Thomas Leezer won the Under-19 and Under-23 Dutch National Championships ... Grischa Niermann of Germany placed 17th overall in the 2009 TOC and is the team's highest returning rider from last year ... Stef Clement, the 2009 national titlist and third at the world championships in 2007, is the squad's designated time trialist.

What's with the name: Rabobank is a Netherlands-based global bank.

<b>RADIOSHACK</b>

Based in the United States

Circuit: ProTour

About: The first-year team was announced by Lance Armstrong a few days prior the end of the 2009 Tour de France. The seven-time Tour de France winner took eight of the nine riders from the last year's Astana roster to his new team all in the aftermath of a tumultuous relationship with Alberto Contador of Spain, the Tour de France winner ... Despite teammate Levi Leipheimer winning the event three straight years, Armstrong is still the most watched rider in the peloton and his return to the sport last year brought the Tour of California increased international attention. The Texas rider will likely ride in support of Leipheimer's effort to win a fourth time ... Leipheimer hasn't raced often this spring, but he won the recent five-day Tour of the Gila in New Mexico ... Chris Horner and Jason McCartney are veteran American pros who'll give Leipheimer additional strong support ... Horner, 38, is having a particularly strong season with three top-10 finishes in European Classics and the overall title at the Vuelta al Pa? Vasco ... McCartney is a former Tour of Spain stage winner ... Rubiera and Popovych, both with Astana last year, are veteran grand tour riders who respectively finished 10th and 21st overall in the 2009 TOC in support of Leipheimer.

What's with the name: RadioShack is an electronics retailer based in Texas.

<b>SPIDERTECH</b>

Powered by Planet Energy, based in Canada

Circuit: UCI Continental

About: The 15-rider squad is making its TOC debut, largely based strong smaller race results in 2009 and a dramatic win last September in the final stage of Tour of Missouri by Martin Gilbert, a former U.S Criterium Championship winner ... A young squad with an average of 24 ... Stephan Cossette and Charly Vives are Canadian track champions, while Guillaume Boivin is U23 road titlist ... team won six stages and finished second in the team classification at the Vuelta a Cuba ... American Lucas Euser of Napa, formerly of Garmin- Slipstream, is a newcomer this year who's returning to cycling after nearly a year's recovery from a car accident ... Squad is managed by Steve Bauer, the former Canadian Olympic silver medalist and veteran pro who led the Tour de France for 14 days during his long career.

What's with the name: SpiderTech, based in Toronto, manufactures pre-cut athletic therapy tape; Planet Energy, based in Ontario, Canada, provides environmentally-conscious energy options.

<b>SAXO BANK</b>

Based in Denmark

Circuit: ProTour

About: Andy Schleck of Luxembourg (32nd in the TOC in 2009) represents the future of cycling, and the future is now ... Schleck finished second at the 2009 Tour de France and at age 25, he's already been the best younger rider twice at the Tour de France and once at the Tour of Italy ... Fabian Cancellara is currently the best one-day rider in cycling and he's in the midst of his finest season ... Juan Jose (he's known as JJ) Haedo of Argentina and 36-year-old veteran Stuart O'Grady of Australia, a 2004 track cycling gold medalist and former Paris-Roubaix winner (2007) are designated sprinters . . . O'Grady placed 40th overall in 2009 ... German Jens Voigt, 38 (one day older than Lance Armstrong), finished fourth overall in the TOC in 2009 and has won many one-day international races on long breakaways ... Denmark's Matti Breschel, 25, is among the sport's emerging Classics riders with five victories in 2009 and a victory this year in Dwars door Vlaanderen in Flanders.

What's with the name: Saxo Bank is a Danish online investment bank.

<b>TEAM TYPE 1</b>

Based in Atlanta, Ga.

Circuit: UCI Continental

About: Created in 2004 by Phil Southerland and Joe Eldridge, cyclists with Type 1 diabetes ... The duo captained Team Type 1 to back-to- back victories in the eight-person team division of the Race Across America (RAAM) ... Squad grew to include a 15-rider professional continental team that included four riders with Type 1 diabetes ... Team won 45 races, including the team classification at the Tour de Beauce and the Vuelta Mexico and Placed two riders (Glen Chadwick and Moises Aldape) in the Olympic road race in Beijing ... Squad won 70 races and had 118 podium appearances in 2009 ... Rosters for TOC represents six countries with Valery Kobzarenko of Ukraine (39th) and Chris Jones (63rd), the team's returning TOC finishers from 2009.

What's with the name: The team is funded by pharmaceutical companies who make glucose monitors, insulin, and other products for diabetics.

<b>UNITED HEALTHCARE</b>

Presented by Maxxis

Based in Minneapolis, Minn.

Circuit: UCI Continental

About: With revolving sponsors through the years, the squad has been about since 2003 and for 2010 has seven returning riders from 2009 when the primary was OUCH ... Four Americans, two Australians, a Canadian and one Dutch rider will comprise a squad the features Aussie Rory Sutherland, the 2009 North American road cyclist of the year who led the U.S. points circuit last year ... Christopher Baldwin (U.S., Karl Menzies (Australia) and Andrew Pinfolds (Canada) are veteran general classification riders ... Sutherland finished 34th overall last year at the TOC the highest of three team returnees ... Bradley White placed 63rd, Mezies was 78th ... Menzies recently edged teammate Ben Crane in the final stage en route to he overall title at the Joe Martin stage race in Arkansas.

What's with the name: United Healthcare is a national healthcare provider based in Minnesota.