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Rider Roster Announced for Women's International Time Trial Challenge during 2011 Amgen Tour of California

Thirteen of the World's Best Female Cyclists to Compete in Solvang on Friday, May 20

LOS ANGELES (May 12, 2011) – The world's best female cyclists will be competing in the inaugural Amgen Tour of California Women's International Time Trial Challenge presented by Specialized and SRAM in Solvang, California, on Friday, May 20. Held in conjunction with Stage 6 of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California, the race will feature a 13-person field comprised of world champions and Olympic medalists battling it out on the same course that their male counterparts will also be competing on later in the day. The women will be racing for a $10,000 prize pool.

Beginning at 11:30 a.m. PT on Friday, May 20, the Amgen Tour of California Women's International Time Trial Challenge will traverse the exact 15-mile course as the men participating in the 2011 Amgen Tour of California, with the women leaving at one-minute intervals just before the beginning of the professional men's time trial at 12:30 p.m. PST.

"We have assembled a tremendous field for this race, and we are looking forward to showcasing the incredible athleticism of these world-class competitors," said Andrew Messick. "It is an honor to have such elite cyclists participate in the inaugural Amgen Tour of California Women's International Time Trial Challenge, and we anticipate a great day of cycling."

The 2011 Amgen Tour of California Women's International Time Trial Challenge roster includes the very best in international and domestic female cyclists, including:

Kristin Armstrong (USA): Olympic Gold Medal Winner – Time Trial (Beijing), 2008; World Time Trial Champion – 2006, 2009; US National Time Trial Champion – 2006, 2007; US National Road Champion – 2004, 2006
Charlotte Becker (Germany): German National Road Champion – 2010; Winner GP Ciudad de Valladolid – 2010
Emilia Fahlin (Sweden): Swedish National Time Trial Champion – 2009, 2010; Swedish National Road Champion – 2008; 2nd Place, European Time Trial Championship – 2010
Janel Holcomb (USA): 3rd Place, SRAM Tour of the Gila Time Trial – 2011
Heather Jackson (USA): 3rd Place, US National Track Cycling, Omnium – 2009; 2nd Place, Oceanside 70.3 Triathlon – 2011; 3rd Place, US National Track Cycling, 3K Pursuit – 2009; Holds numerous Ironman 70.3 bike course records
Amanda Miller (USA): Stage Winner Merco Classic – 2011; Stage Winner Tour of New Zealand – 2011; 2nd Place San Dimas ITT – 2011
Amber Neben (USA): World Time Trial Champion – 2008; Stage Winner ITT and Overall, San Dimas – 2011; Stage Winner ITT and Overall, Redlands – 2011; 2nd Place, US National Time Trial – 2010; Winner Giro d'Italia Time Trial – 2009
Jessica Phillips (USA): US National Time Trial Champion – 2009; 7th SRAM Tour of the Gila – 2011; 14th World Championships, Time Trial – 2009; US National Road Champion – 2002
Emma Pooley (Great Britain): World Time Trial Champion – 2010; UK National Time Trial Champion – 2010; UK National Road Champion – 2010; UK National Time Trial Champion – 2009; Olympic Silver Medal Winner (Beijing) – 2008
Rhae Shaw (Canada): Winner, Madera SR, Stage 2 Time Trial – 2011; 2nd Place, SRAM Tour of the Gila Time Trial – 2011; 2nd Place, Sea Otter Classic Time Trial – 2011; 3rd Place, Hawaii 70.3 Triathlon (bike course record) – 2009
Alison Starnes (USA): Winner, Merco Cycling Classic, General Classification – 2011; Winner, Merco Cycling Classic, Time Trial – 2011; Winner, Nature Valley Grand Prix, Time Trial (leaders jersey) – 2010; 2nd Place, Cascade Cycling Classic Time Trial – 2010
Evelyn Stevens (USA): US National Time Trial Champion – 2010; 2nd Place Redlands ITT – 2011; 2nd Place, US National Time Trial – 2009
Tara Whitten (Canada): World Champion Omnium Track Cycling– 2010; World Champion Points Classification Track Cycling– 2010; Commonwealth Games Time Trial Champion – 2010

Offering a preview to the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Olympic Games, the race will be featured on the May 20 VERSUS broadcast of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California. The race is presented by Specialized and SRAM, who both have a long history of supporting women's cycling.

About the Amgen Tour of California

The largest cycling event in America, the 2011 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 from May 15-22, 2011.

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 Best Buy Theater Times Square; sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), two Major League Soccer franchises, 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 at www.aegworldwide.com.

About Specialized

Specialized Bicycles was founded in 1974 by riders for riders. Headquartered in Morgan Hill, California, with global distribution, the company focuses on making everyone's time on a bike better by delivering functional and technically advanced equipment that provides a performance benefit.

About SRAM

SRAM® is a global manufacturer of high-end bicycle components founded in Chicago, IL, in 1987 with the invention of Grip Shift® – a revolutionary shifter that enabled shifting gears with the twist of the wrist. SRAM has focused on building its organic product development capability, but also has completed strategic acquisitions focused on amplifying this capability. Today, SRAM is the 2nd largest manufacturer of bicycle components in the world. With 2800 employees, and offices and manufacturing in 15 countries, SRAM is a world-class leader in performance bike parts. SRAM's Best-in-class RED road componentry has been guided by athletes to wins at every major road race on the planet, and is the equipment of choice for eight top UCI ProTeams in 2011. Precise shifting, perfect ergonomics, and incredibly light weight, aligned with SRAM's innovative technologies, including DoubleTap and Exact Actuation, provide the world's best riders the world's fastest gruppo.