The Health Net Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis will again be one of the professional cycling teams racing in the Tour of California, an eight-day road race starting February 18. Health Net is also set to sponsor a daily side festival during the race.
As a founding partner of the Tour of California, Health Net will present the daily Lifestyle Festival, as well as be the overall sponsor of stage 6, in which the peloton races from Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita, February 24.
This year Team Health Net, based in Oakland, California, stepped up to UCI Continental Professional status and after having made its first foray into European racing in 2006. For the 2007 Tour of California team will be led by crowd favourite Nathan O'Neill (Aus), who finished 5th overall in 2006. Newcomers Ryder Hesjedal (Can) and Rory Sutherland (Aus) are also confirmed for the team.