Team Garmin-Sharp, BMC, Cannondale, Trek Factory Racing and Tinkoff-Saxo will headline the lineup for the fourth USA Pro Challenge, Aug. 18-24.
"The USA Pro Challenge has featured some of the best teams in the world over the last three years and 2014 will be no different," said chief executive Shawn Hunter. "We're giving cycling fans in the United States the chance to see the teams they love up close and in person. Interest in the race continues to grow and this year's diverse roster of teams is going to create seven intensely competitive days of racing in August."
Tour officials announced the 16-team lineup on Monday.
"We've had huge success in the Pro Challenge the past three years and we're looking forward to returning for a fourth," said Garmin-Sharp chief Jonathan Vaughters. "As a Colorado-based team, this is a race we look forward to all year and the riders always bring their A game. Last year Lachlan Morton won the best young rider competition and Tom Danielson got third overall, so we have high goals for the race and we will give fans plenty of reasons to cheer."
The composition of teams won't be released until later. Cycling fans will be hoping Garmin-Sharp's roster includes Andrew Talansky, who withdrew from the Tour de France last week because of multiple hard crashes. Talansky gave television viewers gripping drama during Stage 11 after falling 10 minutes off the back of the peloton because of his injuries. Talansky pulled to the side of the road and considered abandoning the stage before tearfully getting back on his bike to finish the stage. He finished last.
Vaughters said no decision would be made about Garmin-Sharp's roster for the Colorado event until after the Tour de France ends on Sunday.
"He's getting better," Vaughters said of Talansky. "It will probably be another two or three days before he's able to ride again, but the inflammation on his hip is coming down. Little by little he should be able to start into training by the end of the week."
The 550-mile tour begins in Aspen and finishes with a Boulder-to-Denver stage via Golden that will take riders up and over Lookout Mountain.
"We're really looking forward to racing in the USA Pro Challenge again this year," said Cannondale team director Alberto Volpi. "With tough, competitive racing and amazing crowds, this is the kind of race we love. Last year the team rode really well and Peter Sagan took the sprint jersey. This year, we're coming back to take stages and be again among the main contenders. We'll certainly bring a strong team."
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Cannondale Pro Cycling (ITA) @cannondalePro
Team Garmin-Sharp (USA) @Ride_Argyle
Tinkoff-Saxo (RUS) @tinkoff_saxo
Trek Factory Racing (USA) @TrekFactory
UCI Professional Continental Teams
Drapac Professional Cycling (AUS) @DrapacCycling
Team NetApp - Endura (GER) @NetAppEndura
Team Novo Nordisk (USA) @TeamNovoNordisk
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA) @UHCprocycling
UCI Continental Teams
Bissell Development Team (USA) @BissellDT
Hincapie Sportswear Development Team (USA) @HincapieDevo
Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home (USA) @TeamJamisHB
Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis (USA) @JellyBellyTeam
Optum Presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA) @OPTUMpbKBS
Rapha Condor JLT (GBR) @raphacondorjlt
Team SmartStop (USA) @TeamSmartStop
— Full team rosters will be announced closer to the race.