Lance is back. So is Floyd Landis and Ivan Basso. Tyler Hamilton is ready to suit up in his new National Champion kit and ride in a race that banned him just days before the start last year. And don't forget two-time winner Levi Leipheimer, looking to make it three in a row.
Then there's the slugfest that could ensue between the teams of Saxo Bank, Astana and Garmin-Slipstream. The Argyle boys won the team overall last year, just 16 seconds ahead of a Lance-less Astana.
All in all, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California is shaping up to be an exciting nine days.
So how can you catch the action?
For those with jobs (and internet connections), Cycling.tv is showing the race for free! Not sure what feed they'll use, so if you need your daily dose of Phil and Paul, you may have to stick with Versus.
VeloNews.TV will have behind-the-scenes video, features and stage highlights.
For those of you who like the metric system, Eurosport will be showing live broadcasts of the race. You can also listen to their live audio feed, found under the Related Video box on their cycling page .
And when the race is over but you're still finding it hard to concentrate without knowing where a peloton
any pelotonis, head over to Steephill.tv, which has listings for coverage options for the entire season of racing.