Team Fly V Australia looks likely to join the Tour of California this season as its major sponsor, V Australia, is also a major sponsor in America’s biggest cycling race.
Race organiser AEG Sports had previously revealed that two more stages had been addd to this year’s California tour, with the sixth stage being sponsored by V Australia. However, the participation of Team Fly V remains to be confirmed, as its management company Pegasus Racing has declined to give any comments on this matter so far.
Interested observers would have to wait, since the complete team listings aren’t expected to be announced this early, anyway. It is possible that AEG Sports will be disclosing the final list later this month, or perhaps early in March. Half of the participants are anticipated to be ProTour and Professional Continental teams, while the rest will be from the Continental ranks in the U.S. If Fly V Australia will indeed join this year’s Amgen Tour of California, they will be the only exception to the rule.
Actually, this is not the first time that the Australian team will be competing on American soil. It has already raced in last year’s California tour, and managed to get at least two top 10 finishes, courtesy of their star sprinter Bernard Sulzberger.
Team Sky will not be joining the event, and team spokespersons say that they have neither been invited nor had interest in participating, anyway. What will be joining, says race organizer Andrew Messnick, are teams Radioshack, Cervelo, BMC, Saxo bank, and Liquigas, among others.
With these teams in the starting list, cycling fans will be expecting to see the likes of Lance Armstrong, George Hincapie, Andy Schleck, Heinrich Haussler, and Dave Zabriskie in the peloton.