Canadian born, Nic Hamilton Enjoys climbing and time trials. His words to his fans are Impossible. Potential. Reality. Riding on Jelly Belly he has acquired many favorite flavors.
Pro Since: 2009
1st Tour of Walla Walla GC
1st Mt Hood Classic Stage 2
2nd Tour of Walla Walla GC Time Trial
2nd Provincial Championship Road Race
2nd Giro de Whistler
3rd Tour of Walla Walla GC Road Race
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.