CITY OF SANTA CLARITA WELCOMES LANCE ARMSTRONG IN STAGE 7 OF AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA

CITY OF SANTA CLARITA WELCOMES LANCE ARMSTRONG IN STAGE 7 OF AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 21, 2009

Lance Armstrong Cycles Through the Santa Clarita Valley.
Compiled by Margie Anne Clark Photo by Margie Anne Clark, City Life Communications
Cyclist icon Lance Armstrong and fellow racers gear up for the start of Stage 7 of the Amgen Tour of California on Town Center Drive of the Westfield Valencia Town Center.

Stage 7 top-five finishers:

1) Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA), AG2R La Mondiale

2) Hayden Roulston (NZL), Cervelo Test Team

3) Pieter Weening (NED), Rabobank

4) Markus Zberg (SUI), BMC Racing Team

5) Martin Elmiger (SUI), AG2R La Mondiale

General Classification top-five standings as of Stage 7:

1) Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana

2) David Zabriskie (USA), Garmin-Slipstream

3) Michael Rogers (AUS), Team Columbia-High Road

4) Jens Voigt (GER), Team Saxo Bank

5) Thomas Lövkvist (SWE), Team Columbia-High Road

Stage 7 jersey winners include:
Amgen Race Leader Jersey- Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana
Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey- Christian VendeVelde (USA), Garmin-Slipstream
Herbalife Sprint Jersey- Mark Cavendish (GBR), Team Columbia-High Road
Rabobank Best Young Rider Jersey- Robert Gesink (NED), Rabobank
California Travel & Tourism Commission King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey- Jason McCartney (USA), Team Saxo Bank
STAGE 7 TOMORROW:

Saturday, Feb. 21 – Pasadena (88.9 mi/143 km)

Start Time: Noon PT

Estimated Finish Time: 3:15-3:50 p.m. PT

Satellite Feed Time: 4:30-4:45 p.m. PT (7:30-7:45 p.m. ET)

(Coordinates can be found at http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/news/media-info.html)

The race from Santa Clarita to Pasadena proved to be a difficult one during the final stage of the 2008 Amgen Tour of California, and this year will be no different. The first 25 miles of Stage 7, sponsored by Herbalife, includes a gradual climb from Santa Clarita, through Acton, to the intersection of Angeles Forest Road. The route continues uphill, showcasing the beauty of the San Gabriel Mountains, to the second highest elevation ever reached by the Amgen Tour of California on the towering Millcreek Summit (4,906 ft.). Descending with a 15-mile run to Angeles Crest Highway, the route begins a fast plunge to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. After more than 65 miles from Santa Clarita to Pasadena, with the mountains and the Rose Bowl serving as the backdrop, the peloton will complete the stage with five, five-mile laps on a very demanding circuit through the area surrounding the Rose Bowl. This course will provide a challenging, action-packed day leading up to the finale on Sunday.

For full results, archived footage, GPS data, course information, race play-by-play and more, please visit the official race Web site at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

In addition to the Web site, fans can view the race on the daily VERSUS broadcasts. Stage 6 will air on VERSUS tomorrow at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET.

About the Amgen Tour of California

The largest cycling event in America, the Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, presented by AEG, that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course. Building on last year’s third-annual stage race, which attracted

1.6 million spectators, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California will be expanded to cover more than 750 miles over nine days from February 14-22, 2009.

SPRINTER MARK CAVENDISH WINS EPIC STAGE 4 OF AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA AND LEVI LEIPHEIMER RETAINS OVERALL LEAD FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE DAY

SPRINTER MARK CAVENDISH WINS EPIC STAGE 4 OF AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA AND LEVI LEIPHEIMER RETAINS OVERALL LEAD FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE DAY- - FEBRUARY 19, 2009

CLOVIS – Considered by many as the world’s fastest cyclist, Mark Cavendish (GBR) of Team Columbia-Highroad sprinted to an impressive win in Stage 4 of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California. Two-time defending champion Levi Leipheimer (USA) of Astana was able to retain the overall lead and will wear the Amgen Leader Jersey heading into Stage 5 of the race. The impressive and challenging Stage 4 course, which took the riders from Merced to Clovis, included five King of the Mountain (KOM) and two sprint competitions.

After a fast and furious start to the race, which began with immediate attacks, Cavendish celebrated a narrow victory over Tom Boonen (BEL) of Quick Step.

“This win was massive for me and for the team,” said Cavendish. “I was really driven and I wanted this win bad. The team stayed so well together on every climb and it played into our ends today.”

Though the 115.8-mile stage saw no major changes in the overall general classification, the field faced multiple challenging aspects, including the five categorized climbs between the morning start in Merced and the final flat run-in to the finish line in Clovis.

The majestic views of the field flying along with the snow-capped Sierra Mountains in the backdrop amidst brilliant blue skies and sun made for a perfect day of racing.

“The scenery on the course is awesome,” said Leipheimer. “It’s very pretty and there were a ton of people, even in the snow, cheering for us. I think it’s great that the Amgen Tour of California can come to new places and spread the word.”

Jason McCartney (USA) of Saxo Bank drove several early moves, finally getting clear at the 26-mile mark with Serge Pauwels (BEL) of Cervelo Test Team and Rock Racing’s Tyler Hamilton (USA). Hamilton’s teammate Francisco Mancebo (ESP) joined the break as well, hoping to defend his sprint and KOM jerseys.

The first dry day of the race was marred by serious injuries to three high-profile riders: Kim Kirchen (LUX) of Team Columbia-Highroad fractured his right clavicle and scapula; Oscar Friere (ESP) of Rabobank fractured two ribs on his left side; and Scott Nydam (USA) of the BMC Racing Team fractured his left clavicle.

As the peloton continued their charge, Cavendish’s confidence grew. Mancebo stayed up front long enough to consolidate his leads, then retreated to the field to give teammate Hamilton a shot at staying away. The lead quickly climbed to more than five minutes with 50 miles to go, but with the mountains and motivated sprinters behind, the breakaway had no chance. They were finally swallowed by the fast-moving peloton at the Clovis city limits, where the Cervelo Test Team pulled to the front. But, Team Columbia-Highroad’s infamous sprinter Cavendish quickly took over for the win.

“I was looking after so well after the climbs; my team really put me in a perfect position,” said Cavendish. “Mark Renshaw (Team Columbia-Highroad) helped me; it was the first time we got the lead-out right.”

In what was a photo-finish bunch sprint to the “gateway to the sierras,” Boonen took second and Juan Jose (J.J.) Haedo (ARG) of Saxo Bank took third.

The only change in the jerseys is to Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer™ Most Courageous Rider Jersey, which was awarded to Hamilton. The other jersey winners remain unchanged with Leipheimer in the Amgen Leader Jersey, Robert Gesink (NED) of Rabobank in the Rabobank Best Young Rider Jersey and Mancebo in the Herbalife Sprint Jersey. Mancebo also retains the California Travel & Tourism Commission King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey, but McCartney, who is second in the KOM competition overall, will wear the jersey tomorrow, since Mancebo will be wearing the Herbalife Sprint Jersey.

“When we were planning for the inaugural race in 2004, our vision was to become the greatest race,” said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports. “One that was important to cyclists and teams and important on the global cycling calendar, and I think we are making progress. It has been a difficult race so far, but the crowds have been fantastic, we are broadcasting in more than 200 countries, we are on live television, reaching more than 200 million households.”

“Amgen has delivered on the promise of biotechnology by discovering and developing innovative and vital medicines that have helped millions of patients fight cancer, kidney disease and other serious illnesses,” said Stuart Arbuckle, vice president and general manager of Oncology Business Unit, Amgen. “Through the Amgen Tour of California sponsorship, we are able to raise awareness of the medical breakthroughs possible through biotechnology while also helping support cancer patients and caregivers through the Breakaway from Cancer™ initiative.”

Amgen created the national Breakaway from Cancer initiative in 2005 as a complementary component to its sponsorship of the inaugural Amgen Tour of California. The Breakaway from Cancer initiative is designed to empower patients by connecting them to education, resources and hope.

Amgen invited local cancer survivors to participate in start activities in Merced, and in Clovis cancer survivor Lisa Burnett had the honor of awarding Hamilton Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider jersey.

For the latest information on Breakaway from Cancer and ways to support those living with the illness, visit www.breakawayfromcancer.com.

CLOVIS (February 18, 2009) – Considered by many as the world’s fastest cyclist, Mark Cavendish (GBR) of Team Columbia-Highroad sprinted to an impressive win in Stage 4 of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California. Two-time defending champion Levi Leipheimer (USA) of Astana was able to retain the overall lead and will wear the Amgen Leader Jersey heading into Stage 5 of the race. The impressive and challenging Stage 4 course, which took the riders from Merced to Clovis, included five King of the Mountain (KOM) and two sprint competitions.

After a fast and furious start to the race, which began with immediate attacks, Cavendish celebrated a narrow victory over Tom Boonen (BEL) of Quick Step.

“This win was massive for me and for the team,” said Cavendish. “I was really driven and I wanted this win bad. The team stayed so well together on every climb and it played into our ends today.”

Though the 115.8-mile stage saw no major changes in the overall general classification, the field faced multiple challenging aspects, including the five categorized climbs between the morning start in Merced and the final flat run-in to the finish line in Clovis.

The majestic views of the field flying along with the snow-capped Sierra Mountains in the backdrop amidst brilliant blue skies and sun made for a perfect day of racing.

“The scenery on the course is awesome,” said Leipheimer. “It’s very pretty and there were a ton of people, even in the snow, cheering for us. I think it’s great that the Amgen Tour of California can come to new places and spread the word.”

Jason McCartney (USA) of Saxo Bank drove several early moves, finally getting clear at the 26-mile mark with Serge Pauwels (BEL) of Cervelo Test Team and Rock Racing’s Tyler Hamilton (USA). Hamilton’s teammate Francisco Mancebo (ESP) joined the break as well, hoping to defend his sprint and KOM jerseys.

The first dry day of the race was marred by serious injuries to three high-profile riders: Kim Kirchen (LUX) of Team Columbia-Highroad fractured his right clavicle and scapula; Oscar Friere (ESP) of Rabobank fractured two ribs on his left side; and Scott Nydam (USA) of the BMC Racing Team fractured CLOVIS (February 18, 2009) – Considered by many as the world’s fastest cyclist, Mark Cavendish (GBR) of Team Columbia-Highroad sprinted to an impressive win in Stage 4 of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California. Two-time defending champion Levi Leipheimer (USA) of Astana was able to retain the overall lead and will wear the Amgen Leader Jersey heading into Stage 5 of the race. The impressive and challenging Stage 4 course, which took the riders from Merced to Clovis, included five King of the Mountain (KOM) and two sprint competitions.

After a fast and furious start to the race, which began with immediate attacks, Cavendish celebrated a narrow victory over Tom Boonen (BEL) of Quick Step.

“This win was massive for me and for the team,” said Cavendish. “I was really driven and I wanted this win bad. The team stayed so well together on every climb and it played into our ends today.”

Though the 115.8-mile stage saw no major changes in the overall general classification, the field faced multiple challenging aspects, including the five categorized climbs between the morning start in Merced and the final flat run-in to the finish line in Clovis.

The majestic views of the field flying along with the snow-capped Sierra Mountains in the backdrop amidst brilliant blue skies and sun made for a perfect day of racing.

“The scenery on the course is awesome,” said Leipheimer. “It’s very pretty and there were a ton of people, even in the snow, cheering for us. I think it’s great that the Amgen Tour of California can come to new places and spread the word.”

Jason McCartney (USA) of Saxo Bank drove several early moves, finally getting clear at the 26-mile mark with Serge Pauwels (BEL) of Cervelo Test Team and Rock Racing’s Tyler Hamilton (USA). Hamilton’s teammate Francisco Mancebo (ESP) joined the break as well, hoping to defend his sprint and KOM jerseys.

The first dry day of the race was marred by serious injuries to three high-profile riders: Kim Kirchen (LUX) of Team Columbia-Highroad fractured his right clavicle and scapula; Oscar Friere (ESP) of Rabobank fractured two ribs on his left side; and Scott Nydam (USA) of the BMC Racing Team fractured his left clavicle.

As the peloton continued their charge, Cavendish’s confidence grew. Mancebo stayed up front long enough to consolidate his leads, then retreated to the field to give teammate Hamilton a shot at staying away. The lead quickly climbed to more than five minutes with 50 miles to go, but with the mountains and motivated sprinters behind, the breakaway had no chance. They were finally swallowed by the fast-moving peloton at the Clovis city limits, where the Cervelo Test Team pulled to the front. But, Team Columbia-Highroad’s infamous sprinter Cavendish quickly took over for the win.

“I was looking after so well after the climbs; my team really put me in a perfect position,” said Cavendish. “Mark Renshaw (Team Columbia-Highroad) helped me; it was the first time we got the lead-out right.”

In what was a photo-finish bunch sprint to the “gateway to the sierras,” Boonen took second and Juan Jose (J.J.) Haedo (ARG) of Saxo Bank took third.

The only change in the jerseys is to Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer™ Most Courageous Rider Jersey, which was awarded to Hamilton. The other jersey winners remain unchanged with Leipheimer in the Amgen Leader Jersey, Robert Gesink (NED) of Rabobank in the Rabobank Best Young Rider Jersey and Mancebo in the Herbalife Sprint Jersey. Mancebo also retains the California Travel & Tourism Commission King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey, but McCartney, who is second in the KOM competition overall, will wear the jersey tomorrow, since Mancebo will be wearing the Herbalife Sprint Jersey.

“When we were planning for the inaugural race in 2004, our vision was to become the greatest race,” said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports. “One that was important to cyclists and teams and important on the global cycling calendar, and I think we are making progress. It has been a difficult race so far, but the crowds have been fantastic, we are broadcasting in more than 200 countries, we are on live television, reaching more than 200 million households.”

“Amgen has delivered on the promise of biotechnology by discovering and developing innovative and vital medicines that have helped millions of patients fight cancer, kidney disease and other serious illnesses,” said Stuart Arbuckle, vice president and general manager of Oncology Business Unit, Amgen. “Through the Amgen Tour of California sponsorship, we are able to raise awareness of the medical breakthroughs possible through biotechnology while also helping support cancer patients and caregivers through the Breakaway from Cancer™ initiative.”

Amgen created the national Breakaway from Cancer initiative in 2005 as a complementary component to its sponsorship of the inaugural Amgen Tour of California. The Breakaway from Cancer initiative is designed to empower patients by connecting them to education, resources and hope.

Amgen invited local cancer survivors to participate in start activities in Merced, and in Clovis cancer survivor Lisa Burnett had the honor of awarding Hamilton Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider jersey.

For the latest information on Breakaway from Cancer and ways to support those living with the illness, visit www.breakawayfromcancer.com.

his left clavicle.

As the peloton continued their charge, Cavendish’s confidence grew. Mancebo stayed up front long enough to consolidate his leads, then retreated to the field to give teammate Hamilton a shot at staying away. The lead quickly climbed to more than five minutes with 50 miles to go, but with the mountains and motivated sprinters behind, the breakaway had no chance. They were finally swallowed by the fast-moving peloton at the Clovis city limits, where the Cervelo Test Team pulled to the front. But, Team Columbia-Highroad’s infamous sprinter Cavendish quickly took over for the win.

“I was looking after so well after the climbs; my team really put me in a perfect position,” said Cavendish. “Mark Renshaw (Team Columbia-Highroad) helped me; it was the first time we got the lead-out right.”

In what was a photo-finish bunch sprint to the “gateway to the sierras,” Boonen took second and Juan Jose (J.J.) Haedo (ARG) of Saxo Bank took third.

The only change in the jerseys is to Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer™ Most Courageous Rider Jersey, which was awarded to Hamilton. The other jersey winners remain unchanged with Leipheimer in the Amgen Leader Jersey, Robert Gesink (NED) of Rabobank in the Rabobank Best Young Rider Jersey and Mancebo in the Herbalife Sprint Jersey. Mancebo also retains the California Travel & Tourism Commission King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey, but McCartney, who is second in the KOM competition overall, will wear the jersey tomorrow, since Mancebo will be wearing the Herbalife Sprint Jersey.

“When we were planning for the inaugural race in 2004, our vision was to become the greatest race,” said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports. “One that was important to cyclists and teams and important on the global cycling calendar, and I think we are making progress. It has been a difficult race so far, but the crowds have been fantastic, we are broadcasting in more than 200 countries, we are on live television, reaching more than 200 million households.”

“Amgen has delivered on the promise of biotechnology by discovering and developing innovative and vital medicines that have helped millions of patients fight cancer, kidney disease and other serious illnesses,” said Stuart Arbuckle, vice president and general manager of Oncology Business Unit, Amgen. “Through the Amgen Tour of California sponsorship, we are able to raise awareness of the medical breakthroughs possible through biotechnology while also helping support cancer patients and caregivers through the Breakaway from Cancer™ initiative.”

Amgen created the national Breakaway from Cancer initiative in 2005 as a complementary component to its sponsorship of the inaugural Amgen Tour of California. The Breakaway from Cancer initiative is designed to empower patients by connecting them to education, resources and hope.

Amgen invited local cancer survivors to participate in start activities in Merced, and in Clovis cancer survivor Lisa Burnett had the honor of awarding Hamilton Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider jersey.

Stage 5 top-five finishers:

1) Mark Cavendish (GBR), Team Columbia-High Road

2) Tom Boonen (BEL), Quick Step

3) Pedro Horrillo (ESP), Rabobank

4) Francesco Chicchi (ITA), Liquigas

5) Thor Hushovd (NOR), Cevelo Test Team

General Classification top-five standings as of Stage 5:
1) Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana
2) Michael Rogers (AUS), Team Comumbia-High Road
3) David Zabriskie (USA), Garmin-Slipstream
4) Lance Armstrong (USA), Astana
5) Christopher Horner (USA), Astana

Stage 5 jersey winners include:
Amgen Race Leader Jersey- Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana
Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey- Mathew Crane (USA), Jelly Belly
Herbalife Sprint Jersey- Mark Cavendish (GBR), Team Columbia-High Road
Rabobank Best Young Rider Jersey- Robert Gesink (NED), Rabobank
California Travel & Tourism Commission King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey- Francisco Mancebo (ESP), Rock Racing

For the latest information on Breakaway from Cancer and ways to support those living with the illness, visit www.breakawayfromcancer.com

Amgen Tour Cyclists Garner Gov. Schwarzenegger Nod During Stop in Sacramento

AMGEN TOUR CYCLISTS GARNER THUMBS UP FROM GOV. SCHWARZENEGGER DURING SACRAMENTO STOP: NEXT STOP: SANTA CLARITA - FEBRUARY 19, 2008

Summary Report by Margie Anne Clark
Sacramento, CA – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today delivered remarks at the Sacramento finish line of the 2008 Amgen Tour of California. This is the third year for the Amgen Tour of California, an internationally sanctioned, professional cycling road race involving 136 riders from 27 countries.
The course covers nearly 700 miles in eight days and is run in seven stages, beginning in San Francisco on February 17 and ending in Pasadena
on February 24. Riders finished stage two of the seven stage race in Sacramento.
The cyclists will put pedal to the metal and cruise into Santa Clarita this weekend amidst cheering crowds and VIP events.Seen in the photo above, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger congratulating cyclists at the 2008 AmgenTour of California.Photo by William Foster, Office of Governor Schwarzenegger.
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LEVI LEIPHEIMER TAKES OVERALL LEAD AFTER STAGE 2 OF THE AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA: CYCLISTS CROSS GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE ON ROUTE FROM SAUSALITO TO SANTA CRUZ

LEVI LEIPHEIMER TAKES OVERALL LEAD AFTER STAGE 2 OF THE AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA: CYCLISTS CROSS GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE ON ROUTE FROM SAUSALITO TO SANTA CRUZ -FEBRUARY 17, 2009

SANTA CRUZ –The second stage of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California brought excitement to the finish in Santa Cruz, as two-time defending champion Levi Leipheimer (USA) of Astana was propelled to take second in the stage and also a 24-second overall lead.
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Levi Leipheimer pictured here in Santa Clarita during the 2007 Amgen Tour of California, Photo by Margie Anne Clark, copyright-2007

Fellow American Thomas Peterson of Garmin-Slipstream, best young rider overall in the 2006 Amgen Tour of California, sprinted to the finish to take the stage victory. Stage 2, which took cyclists from Sausalito to Santa Cruz, a new city for the race, finished in front of record crowds.

“I had it in my head that I was going to try to win today,” said Leipheimer. “I looked around and saw that people were at their limit, but I felt really strong and inspired at that moment, so I went for it.”

Image and video hosting by TinyPicLevi Leipheimer at the finish line in Santa Clarita during the 2007 Amgen Tour of California, Photo by Margie Anne Clark, copyright-2007

After an enthusiastic start in Sausalito, Stage 2 began by taking the riders over one of the most iconic structures in the country, the Golden Gate Bridge. Despite, or perhaps because of, the weather conditions, an early breakaway of 10 riders was established less than 10 miles from the start, which included Santa Cruz native Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) of BISSELL Pro Cycling.

Image and video hosting by TinyPicLevi Leipheimer flanked by his children during presentation ceremonies in Santa Clarita during the 2007 Amgen Tour of California, Photo by Margie Anne Clark, copyright-2007

Riding in support of race leader Francisco Mancebo (ESP), who took Stage 1 yesterday after a truly epic and heroic 100-mile breakaway, Rock Racing kept a steady tempo at the front of the peloton; the gap fluctuated but never exceeded five minutes.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Levi Leipheimer talks to the media in Santa Clarita during the 2007 Amgen Tour of California, Photo by Margie Anne Clark, copyright-2007

The first King of the Mountains (KOM) climb of the day came at 46.7 miles on Tunitas Creek Road, a category 2 climb of just over six miles that rises 1,562 feet. Carlos Barredo (ESP) of Quick Step set the tempo of the break on this climb, as they rode past the giant Redwood trees lining the street.

At about 95 miles into the race Barredo jumped ahead of the breakaway, but was soon caught and passed by Peterson and Jason McCartney (USA) of Saxo Bank. At the same time, Leipheimer pulled away from the peloton to launch a solo attack on the breakaway group.

The second KOM of the day on Bonny Doon Road (category 3) came at the 102.6-mile mark. It was at this point that the breakaway splintered for good and Leipheimer really sprang clear from the chasing field. The Santa Rosa native quickly caught, passed and dropped all but Peterson, keeping the pressure on to gain maximum time before the Santa Cruz finish.

“The crowds today and yesterday, in my hometown of Santa Rosa, were amazing,” added Leipheimer. “The conditions out there were bad, yet you still see thousands of die-hard fans just cheering us on; that definitely motivates us. We really appreciate the support of the fans, and this race is obviously doing really well.”

Though none of the other cyclists were able to close the gap on the sprint to the finish, there are still 16 riders within a minute of the overall lead, making the upcoming days of the race even more exciting and competitive.

The rainy weather claimed a few victims of mechanicals and flat tires in the first half of the race, including a flat tire for Leipheimer about 25 miles into the race and a 15-rider crash, which included Lance Armstrong (USA) of Astana and Andy Jacques-Maynes (USA) of BISSELL Pro Cycling Team. All of the riders recovered from the crash, with the exception of Jacques-Maynes, who had to drop out of the race to seek medical attention.

After a long, hard day of racing, Leipheimer claimed the Amgen Leader Jersey. Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer™ Most Courageous Rider Jersey was awarded to local resident Ben Jacques-Maynes, to recognize his strong performance in the breakaway. Mancebo retained the Herbalife Sprint Jersey and the California Travel & Tourism Commission King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey. Robert Gesink (NED) of Rabobank held onto the Rabobank Best Young Rider Jersey.

The top-three general classification leaders after today are Leipheimer in first, Michael Rogers (AUS) of Team Columbia-High Road in second and David Zabriskie (USA) of Garmin-Slipstream in third.

“Beginning with our first-ever ride over the Golden Gate Bridge, and ending for the first time in Santa Cruz, this was certainly a great showcase for two iconic locations in the state of California,” said Andrew Messick, president, AEG Sports. “But what also made this an historic day for the Amgen Tour of California was the great finish by two-time defending champion Levi Leipheimer, who rode through adverse conditions to reclaim the Amgen Leader jersey, which he continues to insist belongs to him this time of year.”

“For nearly 30 years, Amgen has tapped the power of pioneering science and innovation to discover and develop vital medicines,” said David Lacey, senior vice president, head of Research, Amgen. “That’s why Amgen is proud to sponsor the Amgen Tour of California in its fourth year and to continue the Breakaway from Cancer initiative as a vehicle to raise awareness of the comprehensive continuum of resources available to cancer patients and their caregivers – from prevention to education, patient care to advocacy and financial support.”

Amgen created the national Breakaway from Cancer™ initiative in 2005 as a complementary component to its sponsorship of the inaugural Amgen Tour of California. Through the Breakaway from Cancer initiative, Amgen strives to empower patients and their caregivers by connecting them to education, resources and hope.

Today’s activities featured cancer survivor Blaine Mauldin who fired the official start gun to begin the ride from Sausalito to Santa Cruz, and cancer survivor Karen Card had the honor of awarding Jacques-Maynes with Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey.

For access to resources and details about Breakaway from Cancer activities during the race, visit breakawayfromcancer.com.

STAGE 3 TOMORROW:

Tuesday, Feb. 17 – San Jose to Modesto (104.2 mi/167.7 km)

Start Time: Noon PT

Estimated Finish Time: 3:50-4:30 p.m. PT

Fans of the Amgen Tour of California may recognize part of Stage 3 from the 2008 race when the cyclists traveled from Modesto to San Jose; however, in 2009, the racers will be traveling the route in reverse with several changes. Beginning with a climb that is synonymous with cycling and the Amgen Tour of California, the cyclists will head up Sierra Road (1,930 ft.) within the first five miles of the stage. This epic climb will be a defining moment in the race and will create an action-packed day of racing for the cyclists and the fans alike. After completing the Sierra Road climb, the riders will face fast and flat roads full of twists and turns (Calaveras Road alone has more than 40 switchbacks) before climbing Patterson Pass. The stage will finish with two circuits in downtown Modesto.

For full results, archived footage, GPS data, course information, race play-by-play and more, please visit the official race Web site at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

In addition to the Web site, fans can view the race on the daily VERSUS broadcasts. Stage 3 will air live on VERSUS tomorrow at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET.

FOURTH-ANNUAL AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA TO BE BROADCAST AROUND THE WORLD FEB. 14-22 - FEBRUARY 14, 2009

LOS ANGELES – Coverage of the United State’s Top Cycling Event to Reach Fans in 201 Countries Worldwide AEG announced today that for the first time the 2009 Amgen Tour of California professional cycling race will be broadcast internationally. The race will be broadcast live in more than 90 countries, which includes more than 200 million households across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Oceania and Africa. The unprecedented coverage is due to the partnership established with the Amaury Sport Organisation (owners of the Tour de France) which has assisted AEG with the international television distribution of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California, further strengthening the partnership between the two cycling tour owners, which was announced in June 2008.Amongst the line-up of broadcasters, Eurosport, the leader in cycling broadcast coverage in Europe, will broadcast the race live in 77 countries throughout Europe and Asia-Pacific. Abu Dhabi Sports in the Middle East, HiSports in Nigeria, J-Sports in Japan, SBS in Australia and Sky TV in New Zealand are also amongst the race’s international broadcast partners. In addition to the live coverage, highlights will be made available to fans in a total of 201 countries and territories, in 22 languages by a total of 23 channels.Additionally, the race will be broadcast to international military bases.

“The American Forces Network will be broadcasting each stage of the Amgen Tour of California to international military bases around the world, which will enable military men and women to follow the race with fans worldwide,” said Scott Hanley, vice president, AEG Sports.

The recently expanded 750-mile, nine-day stage race, considered to be the most important and popular race held on U.S. soil, will take 17 of the world’s top professional cycling teams from Sacramento to San Diego County. The race will include two-time defending race champion Levi Leipheimer and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, among other top cyclists. Scheduled from February 14-22, 2009, the fourth-annual race will visit 16 host cities for official stage starts and finishes along the route.

“The fourth edition of the Amgen Tour of California will have the greatest collection of riders ever assembled on American soil,” said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports. “With this field, the competition is going to be tough, so we wanted to be sure to provide the race action to as many people as possible, and now the race will reach more fans across the globe than ever before.”

About the Amgen Tour of California

The largest cycling event in America, the Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, presented by AEG, that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course. Building on last year’s third-annual stage race, which attracted 1.6 million spectators, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California will be expanded to cover more than 750 miles over nine days from February 14-22, 2009. For more information on the 2009 Amgen Tour of California, logon towww.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

About Amgen

Amgen discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science’s promise by bringing safe and effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious illnesses. With a broad and deep pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people’s lives. To learn more about Amgen’s pioneering science and vital medicines, visit www.amgen.com. To learn more about Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer initiative, visit www.breakawayfromcancer.com.

About AEG

AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Company, owns or controls a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center, Sprint Center, The O2, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and NOKIA Theatre Times Square; sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), two Major League Soccer franchises, a Women’s Professional Soccer league team, the Los Angeles Sol, two hockey franchises operated in Europe, management of privately held shares of the Los Angeles Lakers, the ING Bay to Breakers foot race and the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race; AEG Live, the organization’s live-entertainment division, is a collection of companies dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring and a variety of programming and multi-media production. For more information, visit AEG today atwww.aegworldwide.com.

‘BEST FIELD EVER ASSEMBLED FOR A RACE ON U.S. SOIL’ ANNOUNCED - FEBRUARY 14, 2009

LOS ANGELES – Amgen Tour of California Race Draws Top Cyclists, Including Seven-Time Tour de France Champion Lance Armstrong and Defending Champion Levi LeipheimerConsidered the best collection of talent to compete in a U.S. professional cycling stage race, the world-class roster of teams and cyclists* scheduled to participate in the 2009 Amgen Tour of California has been announced by race presenter AEG. An internationally sanctioned professional cycling road race, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California will host 17 teams and 136 riders from 24 countries for the fourth-annual race from February 14-22.The race will bring the top cycling talent in the world to compete across more than 750 miles down the state of California from the state’s capital, Sacramento, to San Diego County. Attracting an unprecedented field of riders from around the world, cyclists hail from countries as far away as Belgium, Cuba, Finland, France, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa and Sweden.

“As the Amgen Tour of California continues to grow in stature year after year, we continue to see the caliber of the field increase,” said Andrew Messick, president, AEG Sports. “The group of cyclists that will comprise the field for the 2009 race will create an unprecedented level of competition that is sure to make 2009 the best year yet. We are looking forward to watching the competition unfold.”

The field will include riders from well-known teams such as Astana, Team Columbia-Highroad, Quick Step, Saxo Bank and Garmin-Slipstream, which returns to defend the title as the winner of the overall team competition. Some of the notable riders planned to begin the race in Sacramento on February 14 include:

*Team rosters are subject to change

Tour de France Champions

* Lance Armstrong (USA), Astana
* Carlos Sastre (ESP), Cervélo Test Team

Tour de France Stage Winners

* Lance Armstrong (USA), Astana
* Tom Boonen (BEL), Quick Step
* Fabian Cancellara (SUI), Saxo Bank
* Mark Cavendish (GBR), Team Columbia-Highroad
* Oscar Freire Gomez (ESP), Rabobank
* Tyler Hamilton (USA), Rock Racing
* George Hincapie (USA), Team Columbia-Highroad
* Thor Hushovd (NOR), Cervélo Test Team

* Kim Kirchen (LUX), Team Columbia-Highroad

Tour de France Stage Winners (cont.)

* Floyd Landis (USA), Ouch Presented by Maxxis
* Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana
* Stuart O’Grady (AUS), Saxo Bank
* Yaroslav Popovych (UKR), Astana

* Carlos Sastre (ESP), Cervélo Test Team

* Frank Schleck (LUX), Saxo Bank
* David Zabriskie (USA), Garmin-Slipstream

World Champions:

· Lance Armstrong (USA), Astana

· Tom Boonen (BEL), Quick Step

· Janez Brajkovic (SLO), Astana

· Fabian Cancellara (SUI), Saxo Bank

· Mark Cavendish (GBR), Team Columbia-Highroad

· Francisco Chicchi (ITA), Liquigas

· Oscar Freire Gomez (ESP), Rabobank

· Brett Lancaster (AUS), Cervélo Test Team

· Stuart O’Grady (AUS), Saxo Bank

· Yaroslav Popovych (UKR), Astana

· Michael Rogers (AUS), Team Columbia-Highroad

Olympic Medalists:

· Lance Armstrong (USA), Astana

· Fabian Cancellara (SUI), Saxo Bank

· Tyler Hamilton (USA), Rock Racing

· Gustav Larsson (SWE), Saxo Bank

· Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana

· Stuart O’Grady (AUS), Saxo Bank

· Michael Rogers (AUS), Team Columbia-Highroad

· Hayden Roulston (NZL), Cervélo Test Team

Current National Champions (by country):

* Fabian Cancellara (SUI), Saxo Bank
* Tyler Hamilton (USA), Rock Racing
* Kim Kirchen (LUX), Team Columbia-Highroad
* Michael Rogers (AUS), Team Columbia-Highroad
* Frank Schleck (LUX), Saxo Bank
* Tadej Valjavec (SLO), AG2R-La Mondiale
* David Zabriskie (USA), Garmin-Slipstream

American Race Champions:

* Lance Armstrong (Astana), 2004 Tour de Georgia
* Janez Brajkovic (Astana), 2007 Tour de Georgia
* Tom Danielson (Garmin-Slipstream), 2005 Tour de Georgia
* George Hincapie (Team Columbia-Highroad), 2007 Tour of Missouri
* Chris Horner (Astana), 2003 Tour de Georgia
* Floyd Landis (Ouch Presented by Maxxis), 2006 Amgen Tour of California, 2006 Tour de Georgia
* Levi Leipheimer, (Astana), 2007 and 2008 Amgen Tour of California
* Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Slipstream), 2008 Tour of Missouri

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“Welcoming such an impressive group of international and domestic cyclists to the race is something that we are incredibly proud of,” added Messick. “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 2009 Amgen Tour of California roster includes the following 17 professional cycling teams. The eight ProTour teams compete regularly on the UCI’s ProTour race calendar, including the Grand Tours of Europe: Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España.

Pro Tour Teams

1.) AG2R-La Mondiale (FRA)

Cyril Dessel (FRA)

Hubert Dupont (FRA)

Martin Elmiger (SUI)

John Gadret (FRA)

Stéphane Goubert (FRA)

Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA)

Christophe Riblon (FRA)

Tadej Valjavec (SLO)

2.) Astana (KAZ)

Lance Armstrong (USA)

Janez Brajkovic (SLO)

Christopher Horner (USA)

Levi Leipheimer (USA)

Steve Morabito (SUI)

Yaroslav Popovych (UKR)

Gregory Rast (SUI)

José Luis Rubiera Vigil (ESP)

3.) Garmin-Slipstream (USA)

Steven Cozza (USA)

Thomas Danielson (USA)

Tyler Farrar (USA)

Trent Lowe (USA)

Thomas Peterson (USA)

Svein Tuft (USA)

Christian Vande Velde (USA)

David Zabriskie (CAN)

4.) Liquigas (ITA)

Ivan Basso (ITA)

Kjell Carlström (FIN)

Francesco Chicchi (ITA)

Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA)

Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)

Daniel Oss (ITA)

Brian Vandborg (DEN)

Alessandro Vanotti (ITA)

5.) Quick Step (BEL)

Carlos Barredo (ESP)

Tom Boonen (BEL)

Kevin De Weert (BEL)

Addy Engels (NED)

Kevin Hulsmans (BEL)

Kevin Seeldraeyers (BEL)

Jurgen Van De Walle (BEL)

Marco Velo (ITA)

6.) Rabobank (NED)

Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano (COL)

Stef Clement (NED)

Oscar Freire Gomez (ESP)

Robert Gesink (NED)

Pedro Horrillo Munoz (ESP)

Bauke Mollema (NED)

Grischa Niermann (GER)

Pieter Weening (NED)

7.) Saxo Bank (DEN)

Fabian Cancellara (SUI)

Juan José Haedo (ARG)

Gustav Larsson (SWE)

Jason McCartney (USA)

Stuart O’Grady (AUS)

Andy Schleck (LUX)

Fränk Schleck (LUX)

Jens Voigt (GER)

8.) Team Columbia-Highroad (USA)

Michael Barry (CAN)

Mark Cavendish (GBR)

Adam Hansen (AUS)

George Hincapie (USA)

Kim Kirchen (LUX)

Thomas Lovkvist (SWE)

Mark Renshaw (AUS)

Michael Rogers (AUS)

Pro Continental Teams

9.) BMC Racing Team (USA)

Mathias Frank (SUI)

Thomas Frei (SUI)

Jonathan Garcia (USA)

Jeffry Louder (USA)

Ian McKissick (USA)

Alexandre Moos (SUI)

Scott Nydam (USA)

Markus Zberg (SUI)

10.) Cervélo Test Team (SUI)

Inigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (ESP)

Thor Hushovd (NOR)

Edward King (USA)

Brett Lancaster (AUS)

Serge Pauwels (BEL)

Dominique Rollin (CAN)

Hayden Roulston (NZL)

Carlos Sastre (ESP)

Continental Teams

11.) Bissell Pro Cycling (USA)

Andy Jacques-Maynes (USA)

Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA)

Omer Kem (USA)

Peter Latham (USA)

Kirk O’Bee (USA)

Frank Pipp (USA)

Jeremy Vennell (USA)

Tom Zirbel (USA)

12.) Colavita/Sutter Home Presented by Cooking Light (USA)

Alejandro Alberto Borrajo (ARG)

Anibal Andres Borrajo (ARG)

Davide Frattini (ITA)

Andy Guptill (USA)

Aaron Olson (USA)

Luis Romero Amaran (CUB)

Lucas Sebastian Haedo (ARG)

Tyler Wren (USA)

13.) Fly V Australia presented by Successful Living Foundation Team (AUS)

Jonathan Cantwell (USA)

Scott Davis (AUS)

Ben Day (AUS)

Robert Gunn (AUS)

Michael Grabinger (USA)

David Kemp (AUS)

Bernard Sulzberger (AUS)

Phil Zajicek (USA)

14.) Jelly Belly Cycling Team (USA)

Charles Bradley Huff (USA)

Jonathan Clarke (AUS)

Matthew Crane (USA)

Phillip Gaimon (USA)

Kiel Reijnen (USA)

Nick Reistad (USA)

Will Routley (CAN)

Bernard Van Ulden (USA)

15.) Ouch Presented by Maxxis (USA)

Cameron Evans (CAN)

Timothy Johnson (USA)

Floyd Landis (USA)

Karl Menzies (AUS)

John Murphy (USA)

Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA)

Rory Sutherland (AUS)

Bradley White (USA)

16.) Rock Racing (USA)

Chris Baldwin (USA)

Glen Chadwick (NZL)

Enrique Gutierrez (ESP)

Tyler Hamilton (USA)

Francisco Mancebo (ESP)

Victor Hugo Pena (COL)

Freddy Rodriguez (USA)

Oscar Sevilla (ESP)

17.) Team Type 1 (USA)

Moises Aldape Chavez (MEX)

Fabio Calabria (AUS)

Christopher Jones (USA)

Valeriy Kobzarenko (UKR)

Darren Lill (RSA)

Ian Macgregor (USA)

Phil Southerland (USA)

Matthew Wilson (AUS)

Stages for the 2009 Amgen Tour of California include:

* Prologue: Saturday, Feb. 14 – Sacramento
* Stage 1: Sunday, Feb. 15 – Davis to Santa Rosa
* Stage 2: Monday, Feb. 16 – Sausalito to Santa Cruz
* Stage 3: Tuesday, Feb. 17 – San Jose to Modesto
* Stage 4: Wednesday, Feb. 18 – Merced to Clovis
* Stage 5: Thursday, Feb. 19 – Visalia to Paso Robles
* Stage 6: Friday, Feb. 20 – Solvang (individual time trial)
* Stage 7: Saturday, Feb. 21 – Santa Clarita to Pasadena
* Stage 8: Sunday, Feb. 22 – Rancho Bernardo to Escondido

For more information about the 2009 Amgen Tour of California, please visitwww.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

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About the Amgen Tour of California

The largest cycling event in America, the Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, presented by AEG, that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course. Building on last year’s third-annual stage race, which attracted

1.6 million spectators, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California will be expanded to cover more than 750 miles over nine days from February 14-22, 2009.

About Amgen

Amgen discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science’s promise by bringing safe and effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious illnesses. With a broad and deep pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people’s lives. To learn more about Amgen’s pioneering science and vital medicines, visit www.amgen.com. To learn more about Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer initiative, visit www.breakawayfromcancer.com.

About AEG

AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Company, owns or controls a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center, Sprint Center, The O2, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and NOKIA Theatre Times Square; sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), two Major League Soccer franchises, a Women’s Professional Soccer league team, the Los Angeles Sol, two hockey franchises operated in Europe, management of privately held shares of the Los Angeles Lakers, the ING Bay to Breakers foot race and the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race; AEG Live, the organization’s live-entertainment division, is a collection of companies dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring and a variety of programming and multi-media production. For more information, visit AEG today atwww.aegworldwide.com.