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Peter Sagan, Marcel Kittel to headline Tour of California; Africa-based team to return to US

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LOS ANGELES — Sprint stars Peter Sagan and Marcel Kittel will continue their budding rivalry at the Tour of California, the eight-day stage race and key Tour de France prep scheduled to begin May 10.

The Tour of California announced its lineup of teams on Friday.

Sagan will anchor his Tinkoff-Saxo team while Kittel will sprint for Team Giant-Alpecin. They will be joined by fellow WorldTour teams BMC Racing, Etixx-Quick-Step, Cannondale-Garmin, LottoNL-Jumbo, Trek Factory Racing and British heavyweight Team Sky.

Among the remaining 10 teams is MTN-Qhubeka, which recently became the first team registered in Africa to receive a wild-card invitation to the Tour de France.

This year's course stretches nearly 700 miles through 13 host cities. For the first time, there will also be a three-day women's race beginning May 8.

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