The Jamis/Sutter Home Pro Cycling Team has selected the riders that will represent the team at the 2011 Amgen Tour of California. Directeur Sportif Sebastian Alexandre made the announcement.
The Jamis/Sutter Home roster for the Amgen Tour of California includes Luis Amaran, Fernando Antogna, Alejandro Borrajo, Anibal Borrajo, Jamey Driscoll, Andy Guptill, Tyler Wren, and Tom Zirbel.
“We are very excited to be back at the Amgen Tour of California,” said DS Alexandre. “Our squad has the power, speed, and teamwork to deliver good performances on this demanding course.”
NRC Champion Luis Amaran is Jamis/Sutter Home’s most accomplished GC rider. Last year, Amaran won the Joe Martin Stage Race and finished in the top 10 at the San Dimas Stage Race and the SRAM Tour of the Gila. With numerous podium finishes throughout the season, Amaran clinched the #1 ranking in USA Cycling’s individual rider standings well before the final race on the 2010 NRC calendar.
Tyler Wren, Jamis/Sutter Home’s resident climber, is another rider to watch in the GC standings. Wren opened the 2011 season on the podium in the stage nine road race at the UCI 2.2 Vuelta de Chile. He finished in the top 10 in the criterium at the Redlands Bicycle Classic, second in the stage two road race at the SRAM Tour of the Gila, and third overall at the San Dimas Stage Race.
Sprinters Alejandro and Anibal Borrajo are racing at top speeds this season. Anibal Borrajo captured his first NRC win at the stage two road race at the San Dimas Stage Race in March and shared the podium with his brother Alejandro in the stage three criterium. Alejandro, who won the stage three road race at last year’s Redlands Bicycle Classic, also took second in the criterium at last week’s SRAM Tour of the Gila in a photo-finish.
With the addition of time trial specialist Tom Zirbel, who signed with Jamis/Sutter Home last week, Alexandre is confident about the team’s prospects at the largest stage race in the US. “The Jamis/Sutter Home train is legendary in single-day events. We’ve now got the squad that can drive the train over hundreds of miles.”