Hometown: Boulder, CO
Matt Cooke is a former elite national road champion. After winning that race he decided he was going to focus one-hundred percent on racing. Cooke, at 135 pounds, is a born climber, showing that strength in the Tour of the Gila where he finished in 9th place overall. He was then 25th in the US Pro Road Race Championships in Greenville, South Carolina. Cooke grabbed his first victory of the year in stage 3 of the Tour de Beauce in Canada, finishing the stage race in 5th place on the general classification.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
David Zabriskie started off his cycling career winning time trials and hasn't stopped since. Zabriskie has won seven nation time trial championships earning him the nickname “Captain America.” Zabriskie is also the first American to win a stage in all three grand tours and wore the yellow jersey of leadership in the Tour de France – only the fourth American to do so. In 2009 Zabriskie stood on the top step of the podium as the overall winner of the Tour of Missouri.
At least year's USA Pro Cycling Challenge time trial Zabriskie finished the day in seventh place. However, that course featured 1,800 feet of climbing – a characteristic not suited to Zabriskie. Stage 7 of the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge is a flat, fast time trial which suits Zabriskie perfectly.
Hometown: Landschlacht, Switzerland
Andreas Klöden has twice finished in the runner up position in the Tour de France and is the 2000 Olympic bronze medalist in the road race.
Klöden is considered a solid teammate, unselfishly working to support the leaders in the squad. That’s not to say that the German hasn’t had his own chances for the podium.
In addition to his two second places in the Tour de France, he won the 2011 Vuelta al País Vasco and finished 2nd in Paris-Nice as well as winning a stage.
Klöden was a member of the RadioShack-Nissan squad that won the overall team classification at this year’s Tour de France. The German will be playing a supporting role for team leader Chris Horner.
After 11 years in the professional cycling business, American Danny Pate says signing for HTC-Highroad in 2011 couldn’t have come at a better moment for him.“Mentally, I needed a new start and new surroundings and it’s a huge luxury to be able to sign for a top team and get the chance to move ahead again,” the 31-year-old from Colorado reflects,“Last season  wasn’t at all great for me, I didn’t perform well and often ended up at the wrong sort of races for me. But I’m still convinced I have a lot to offer as a pro bike racer and I’m determined to prove that at HTC-Highroad.”
The former U-23 World Time Trial Champion has raced with American teams nearly all his career and is convinced that “HTC-Highroad’s setup is going to be familiar to me in a lot of ways, which is a huge plus.”
“I’ll be focussing again on team time trials and leadouts for sprinters, as well as getting a chance for myself occasionally in some individual time trials. That combination of objectives is what I’ve done best in in the past, too. The HTC management could see last year what I was doing and they appreciated that I could slot into all sorts of similar areas with their squad, too.”
Pate’s discussions with HTC-Highroad for 2011 started after he and team owner Bob Stapleton met in passing at race hotels during the season.
“Bob’s a businessman, but he’s got a really approachable personality, too and we started chatting. I quickly realized that in HTC, I’d be working in an environment I liked.”
For 2011, Pate plans to further develop his specialty, individual time trialling, ""but I’m equally happy riding as a team worker. I was in that role when I did the Giro and Tour de France back to back in 2008 and 2009, and in one of those races that I had one of the best moments of my career, when I got third in a mountainous stage on the Tour.""
Pate is making it a goal this year to focus on the Tour of California, whether riding for himself or another rider. "Whatever best suits the squad as a whole is what I’ll be happy doing.”
DOB: March 24, 1979
Birth Place: Colorado
Current Residence: Colorado Springs, CO
Weight: 72 kg (155 lb)
Strengths: All Around
Pro Since: 2000
3rd Overall Critérium International
5th Overall Tour Méditerranéen
Stage Winner Tour de Georgia 2009
Winner Giro d’Italia TTT 2008