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01.04.2008/ As one of the first major stage races on the 2008 US NRC calendar, the Redlands Bicycle Classic will have the big US teams and its star riders ready to do battle over four days of racing. Cyclingheroes will cover the US stage race and will also publish a riders diary of a Team Type 1 rider. The race starts with a prologue on Thursday.

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Oscar Sevilla is one of the hot favourites to take Redlands ( Team Rock Racing)

The US stage race will start on Thursday, April 3, with a 5 kilometres long up-hill prologue. The race will continue with a 138 kilometres ling stage on Friday. Saturdays second stage will be a 90 minutes long timed event and Sundays final stage will still be interesting for the overall, as the last stage is very hilly.

Twenty-six men's teams and fourteen women's teams will be lining up at the start line for the leg-breaking prologue time trial in the orange grove community of Redlands, California, on April 3rd. National champions, Olympic champions, and former world champions will all be on hand to battle for distinction as champion of the 2008 Redlands Bicycle Classic presented by PossAbilities.

Confirmed Men's teams for the 2008 Redlands Bicycle Classic presented by PossAbilities:

5-Star Waste Vegetable Oil
American RADD
Bissell Pro Cycling
California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized
Colavita Sutter Home/ Cooking Light
Health Net- Maxxis
Jelly Belly Team Redlands
Jittery Joes Pro Cycling
Kahala- La Grange
Kelly Benefit Strategies/ Medifast
Liquid Cycling
Plowman Craven
Rock Racing
Sho Air/ Sonance
Slipstream Chipotle H30
Symmetrics Cycling
Team Successful Living
Team Type 1
Team Waste Management
THF Racing
Time Pro Cycling
U25 Devo
ZteaM Cycling

Some notable riders in the men's field include Santiago Botero- 2002 World TT Champion; 2000 KOM winner at Tour De France; stage winner in both the Vuelta a Espana and the Tour De France Tyler Hamilton-2004 Olympic Gold Medalist for TT; 2nd place winner at the 2002 Giro d'Italia Fred Rodriguez- 3 time USPRO Road Race champion (2004, 2001, 2000) Tom Danielson- Vuelta a Espana stage winner; 2005 Tour de Georgia champion Rory Sutherland- 1st overall at the 2007 NRC individual point standings; 2007 RBC double stage winner Ben Jacques-Maynes- 2nd overall at the 2007 NRC individual point standings Neil Shirley- 3rd at the 2007 USPRO Road Race Championships; 2007 Edgar Soto Memorial Stage Race champion Ivan Dominguez- Stage winner in the 2007 edition of both the Tour of California and the Tour of Missouri; Pan Am Games Gold Medalist (1996, Madison) Dominique Rollin- 6 time Canadian Road Race champion; stage winner at the 2008 Tour of California Andrew Bajadali- 1st overall at the 2007 Redlands Bicycle Classic; 1st overall at the 2005 Tour of Utah.


Confirmed Women's teams for the 2008 Redlands Bicycle Classic presented by PossAbilities:

Aaron's Profession Women's Cycling
Bicycle John's Serious Cycling
Cheerwine Cycling
Colavita/Sutter Home/ Cooking Light
Dolce Vita Racing
Rock Racing Women
Team Advil/Chapstick
Team High Road
Team Kenda Tire
Value Act Capital Cycling
Vanderkitten Racing
Webcor Builders Cycling
Wines of Washington

Some notable starters in Women's Pro Peloton include

Laura VanGilder: Former U.S. National Crit Champion and Former NRC individual Champion, with seven wins to her credit in 2007 Mara Abott: Current U.S. National Road Race Champion and winner of the 2007 RBC stage to Oak Glen Emilia Fahlin: Swept the 2008 Merco Cycling Classic by winning both stages Christine Thorburn: Former U.S. National TT Champion Katheryn Curi Mattis: Winner of the opening round of the Women's World Cup of Cycling in Geelong, Australia Janel Holcomb: Winner of the 2008 Boulevard Road Race

With 200 men and nearly 120 women in the peloton, there is no doubt fireworks and exciting racing will unfold as each team battles for an overall win and the lion's share of the robust purse money available to riders at the end of their four days of racing.

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