Although the Tour of California is not a Pro Tour race, it still manages to draw some of the best teams in the world of professional bicycling. And even though the Giro D'Itlaia is going on at the same time (drawing many top riders), the Tour of California manages to get a solid field of the sports top stars.
I was able to get a few good pictures of Thor and the rest of the Garmin-Cervelo squad before the start of Stage1 and Stage 2.
To round out the classics winners, Matthew Goss, winner of this year's Milan San Remo is also here racing for HTC.
This year there are some new faces in the peleton represent some of the up and coming stars of the sport. Ben King, the current American road race champ is here with Team Radio Shack. Ben is wearing his stars and stripes kit.