DENVER — Teams for the USA Pro Challenge have been announced and a combination of both familiar and up-and-coming riders will be at the race across Colorado.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1IqZcaZ) that the 16-team lineup announced Wednesday includes top World Tour teams BMC Racing, Trek Factory Racing and Cannondale-Garmin of the U.S. and Russia's Tinkoff-Saxo.

Five countries are sending teams, with the U.S. fielding the other 11. Israel's first-ever professional team Cycling Academy and Australia's Team Budget Forklifts also earned an invite to the Pro Challenge.

Race Chief Executive Shawn Hunter says the Pro Challenge often stands as a proving ground young talent.

The USA Pro Challenge will run Aug. 17-23 starting in Steamboat Springs.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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