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Jelly Belly-Kenda brings aggressive squad to California

The Jelly Belly-Kenda team says it's bringing a roster of climbers and all-rounders to the Amgen Tour of California.

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The Jelly Belly-Kenda team says it’s bringing a roster of climbers and all-rounders to the Amgen Tour of California.

“We’re just going to ride very aggressively and show the world we can race our bikes,” team director Danny Van Haute said.

The team’s climbers include American Alex Hagman and Sergio Hernandez and Canadian Nic Hamilton. All rounders include jeremy Powers, Will Dickeson, Alastair Loutit and Bernard van Uldern. The team’s sprinter is Ken Hanson.

“Ken will be the point man in stages 2 and 3, the only flat stages of the race,” Van Haute said.

Powers, who is racing his third Amgen tour, said he and his teammates are ready to “really stick our noses out there.”

“We play the underdog role well,” Powers said. “Everybody gets excited. Who doesn’t love to be the young up-and-comer?”