AEG, presenter of the Amgen Tour of California professional road cycling race, has unveiled the race jerseys for the 2011 Amgen Tour of California. A long-standing tradition for professional cycling races, the special race jerseys will be awarded daily to overall race leaders in several categories. The 2011 race, which will cover nearly 800 miles of scenic California roadways and highways from May 15 – 22, will feature many of the world’s elite cyclists vying for these ‘leader’ jerseys.
For the third year in a row, Hincapie Sportswear has been named the official jersey supplier for the Amgen Tour of California and will produce each of the specially designed jerseys awarded to riders who excel each stage in the following classifications:
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2011 Amgen Race Leader Jersey – The Amgen Race Leader Jersey is awarded to the rider with the least amount of elapsed time over the entire race. Depending on each day’s results, the rider wearing the Leader Jersey can change from stage to stage. Because the overall winner is based on lowest cumulative time, it is possible for a rider to win the Amgen Race Leader Jersey without winning a daily stage. 2011
Amgen's Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Jersey – Each day, the most courageous rider will earn Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer Jersey. It will be awarded to a cyclist who best exemplifies the character of those engaged in the fight against cancer – courage, sacrifice, inspiration, determination and perseverance.
2011 California Travel & Tourism Commission King of the Mountain Jersey – This year’s race starts in the magnificent Sierra and winds down the state to the peaks of Mt Baldy. As a reflection of California’s majestic mountains, this jersey goes to the peloton’s strongest climber. A cyclist earns this jersey by collecting points at designated King of the Mountain (KOM) locations located at the tops of mountains and hills. Only the first three cyclists to reach the top on rated climbs receive points towards this award.
2011 Herbalife Sprint Jersey – The Sprint Jersey is awarded to the rider that accumulates the most bonus points, which are given based on Sprint Line performances as well as finishing the stage in the top-15 places. Cyclists who specialize in bursts of power and speed, or consistently finish near the top of each stage, will have the best chance to wear this respected green jersey.
2011 Rabobank Best Young Rider Jersey – Each day, all riders who are under 23 years old compete for this special recognition. The jersey will be awarded to the young rider with the least amount of elapsed time over the entire race.
“The race jerseys are an important part of the Amgen Tour of California as they signify the very best riders in specific categories each day,” said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports. “With such a talented field of world-class cyclists, being awarded with an Amgen Tour of California race leader jersey is an honor and something the riders strive for each day.”