2018 Amgen Tour of California Photo Gallery
The Amgen Tour of California is always one of the most important races of the year for the UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling team. It’s not only our hometown race, it’s an event that we have deeply intertwined with since it’s beginning. Both our men’s and women’s squads have attended every iteration of their respective races over the years, and we are proud to come back to the Golden State to entertain fans each May.
In many ways, this year was just like other years of the event. The riders plan the spring around peak performance in early May, and roster selection is carefully planned with changes up until the final moment.
But, in many ways this year was completely different. The men came into the race with some of them having just had successful runs at the other big American stages races, and some of them coming off a very difficult stint of racing in Europe. The crew came to the race to work together and compete against the best.
On the women’s side of things, this year has been a perfect storm of power and strength. Building on a hugely successful 2017 season, Katie Hall has won every major American stage race so far in 2018, The Amgen Tour of California was, in her words, “the biggest win of her career.” Even director Rachel Heal has been amazed with the performance of the team noting recently, “each time I think something is going to be an obstacle the women conquer it and seem even stronger.”
Well, enough words – lets get to some photos.