Three-time champion Levi Leipheimer will lead Team RadioShack in the sixth annual Tour of California.
Leipheimer won the nearly 800-mile race from 2007-09.
Race sponsor AEG announced the preliminary start list Wednesday.
The eight-stage road race begins Sunday in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., and ends May 22 in Thousand Oaks, Calif. It makes a stop in San Jose.
Defending champion Michael Rogers of Australia won't ride this year because of a virus that caused him to miss training time.
Americans David Zabriskie and Christian Vandevelde will lead Team Garmin-Cervelo. American George Hinicapie and 20-year-old rising star Taylor Phinney will ride for BMC Racing Team. Andy
Schleck of Luxembourg will lead Leopard Trek, one of 18 teams in the field.