With new recruits such as Australia's Nathan O'Neill and Kiwi rider Hayden Roulston, Health Net presented by Maxxis is confident they can perform even better in 2006. Fresh from their training camp in Buellton, CA, team management says they are ready and motivated for the inaugural Amgen Tour of California.
Directeur sportif Jeff Corbett believes that, "We've put together an eight-man team for California that we feel can contend for the win in just about every stage, as well as a place on the final podium. New guys like Nathan O'Neill and Hayden Roulston give us even more power, while Tim Johnson gives us another highly talented and experienced tactician on the road."
The team certainly boasts big names, but with some of the worlds best team coming to race in California, they'll need all the firepower and experience they can get, including sprinters Gord Fraser and Greg Henderson, plus Scott Moninger, Mike Jones and Mike Sayers. "The Amgen Tour of California provides a great stage to show the strength of our team," continued Corbett, "And with the team and our title sponsor - as well as a number of our industry sponsors - based in California, we intend to make a good showing during the race."
Health Net's roster for the Tour of California:
Gord Fraser, Greg Henderson, Tim Johnson, Mike Jones, Scott Moninger, Nathan O'Neill, Hayden Roulston, Mike Sayers. Alternates: Karl Menzies, Doug Ollerenshaw, Jeff Louder