Tour de France star Bradley Wiggins and some of cycling's other big names have entered the Amgen Tour of California, race organizers announced Monday.

The field of 128 cyclists features 10 world champions and three of the world's top 10-ranked riders. The 720-mile race starts Sunday in Sacramento and ends eight days later in Thousand Oaks.

Joining Wiggins are Omega Pharma—Quick-Step's Mark Cavendish and Cannondale's Peter Sagan, who holds the record for the most California stage victories at 10.

Wiggins, the first cyclist to win an Olympic gold medal and the Tour de France in the same year (2012), is one of the race favorites while leading powerful Team Sky. Cavendish, who has 25 Tour de France stage victories, is expected to challenge Sagan in the sprint stages.

America's biggest tour starts big this year with a 12.5-mile individual time trial Monday in Folsom and the "Queens Stage" on Tuesday from San Jose to the top of Mount Diablo. Tuesday's 108 ½ -mile stage includes a climb over Mount Hamilton before an 11-mile trek to Diablo's summit.

Quick-Step has entered two of the world's best sprinters with Belgian Tom Boonen competing with Cavendish.

BMC Racing will feature American Peter Stetina in his first major race as a team leader while Taylor Phinney is the Santa Rosa-based team's big sprinter. Jelly Belly Cycling team is led by Fred Rodriguez of Berkeley, who won a U.S. Pro title last season.


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