The 2016 Amgen Tour of California gets underway on Sunday, with a stacked field with 10 WorldTour squads, including some of the best sprinters in the pro peloton. The race's winningest rider and current world champion Peter Sagan returns, looking to pad his record tally of stage wins and follow up on last year's overall victory..
Last year's Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix winner John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) looks to refind his old form after being hit head-on by a car during the team's January training camp.
Bradley Wiggins (Team WIGGINS) says his added weight for his track focus ahead of the Rio Olympic Games will rule out a stab at a second overall victory, but he will be a favourite for the Folsom time trial.
Last year's USA Pro Challenge winner Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) is one of the favourites for the overall classification, and will have Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quickstep), Andrew Talansky (Cannondale) and Peter Stetina (Trek-Segafredo) as his main rivals.
Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quickstep), Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky), Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), and Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) will also have their opportunity to shine in the Golden State.