• Jenny Rissveds of SCOTT-Odlo MTB Racing Team Wins 1st XC World Cup

    In her first World Cup appearance for SCOTT-Odlo MTB Racing Team, Jenny showed off her talent celebrating her first XC World Cup win. A flat tire stopped Nino Schurter's winning strike.

    To have already 3 World Cup wins and an European Championship title in the Eliminator category on the palmarés at only 19 years of age is promising. Yesterday Swedish Champion Jenny Rissveds added another World Cup victory to it. Winning her first U23 XC World Cup.

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    Swedish power Jenny Rissveds flying to a solid solo win in Pietermaritzburg/South Africa.

    Jenny Rissveds showed from the start there was no doubt who is going to be the biggest contender for this win. Technically smooth on the jumps and rock gardens, fast on the climbs, she rode to a solid start-finish victory.

     

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    "I can't ask for more than starting the season with such a success. The team put high hopes in me and I really wanted to give something back. Proud about my first XC World Cup win and the confidence is there to show some more in the upcoming race in Cairns, Australia."

    Jenny Rissveds- World Cup leader U23
    SCOTT-Odlo MTB Racing Team

     

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    Flat Tire in leading position- but still finishing in 6th

    From the start World Champion Nino Schurter seemed to control the elite race the way he wanted. At first together with his team mate Florian Vogel and the Cannondale duo Manuel Fumic and Marco Fontana.

    The World Champion- in Pietermaritzburg also known as the Rock Garden King- was on a clear mission: Continuing the wining strike in South Africa!

    Nino's biggest contender of last year- Julien Absalon- had a decent start, but closed the gap to the leaders within two laps. After Fontana (crash) and Vogel dropped back, there was a trio left at the front. Half way trough the race it came down to a duel between the big stars of the scene. Absalon against Schurter.

    Absalon, Fumic and Schurter on different lines in the rock garden.
    Nino's view how the race unfolded: "At the beginning my legs did not feel great. Maybe they where not used to such high intensity after Cape Epic. But half way trough they got going and I started to feel a bit stronger than Julien! One and a half laps to go I tried to put Julien into the hurt box. After I got a 5 second gap on him I realized I got a flat rear tire. Unfortunately at a very bad spot where I had to ride the flat tire for almost 2 km. The hopes for the victory were gone within seconds. Well, loosing is something we do when we are not winning. The luck is sometimes on your side, today luck was somewhere else. That's racing!"

    He dropped back to 7th place and managed to finish in 6th. Julien Absalon celebrated his 27th world cup victory (way 2 go Nino). Manuel Fumic and Maxime Marotte came in 2nd and 3rd.

    "The luck is sometimes on your side, today it was somewhere else. That's racing!"

    Nino Schurter, World Champion
    SCOTT-Odlo MTB Racing Team

    On his way to the tech zone with the flat tire, Nino cleared the rock garden on the same line as he usually took. Only few riders were able to take that fast but very demanding line. He did it with a flat! Thanks to an awesome carbon rim of DT Swiss, the wheel did barely take any damage.

    Not in the lime light but yet with good performances we saw Florian Vogel riding a solid race to 11th place. Marcel Wildhaber had a tough day at the office riding in the dust all the time. He ended up in good 30th after a consistent ride throughout the race.

    In the U23 race Andri Frischknecht was held back by a mass crash at the start. Within two laps he went from 40th to 9th place but than had to pay for the effort dropping back again. His 12th place finish is his best world cup result in this category and will give him a better starting position in the upcoming races. Even with the bad luck of Nino all in all a good way for SCOTT-Odlo to start the world cup season.

  • Topeak-Ergon wins Cape Epic 2014

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    It’s a sensational result for the Topeak-Ergon Racing Team at the Cape Epic in South Africa. Robert Mennen and Kristian Hynek won the World’s toughest stage race. Sally Bigham and Esther Suess took second in the overall ranking.

    With a total of 8 stages, covering 718km and 14.850m of ascent, the race is associated with blood, sweat, sun, dust, rain, fast flowing rivers and wild animals. They are conditions which face the competitors every year at the Absa Cape Epic in South Africa and the reason it is considered the hardest stage race in the World.

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    To win this event is a target for any of the elite professional mountain bikers, and even to take part is something which many dream of. For Robert Mennen (28) and Kristian Hynek (33) of the Topeak Ergon Racing Team, it is a dream which has now come true. After 4 days of riding as the lead team in the yellow jersey, our two heroes won the race on Sunday — a perfect result for the Koblenz based team.

    ”I can’t believe that Kristian and I came here, and won this thing!” Robert said after the race. ”Cape Epic was right at the top of my ?must win’ list. This is the biggest win of my career!” Kristian also didn’t hide his joy at the result: ”This means as much to me as my European 2012 Champion’s Title”, which shows precisely how important a result they think it is.

    It is a result which wouldn’t have been possible without the Fair Play principles of Jochen Kaess and Markus Kaufmann, who twice helped our team — giving wheels twice sacrificing their own ambitions in order to allow Kristian and Robert to chase theirs. ”Without their help, it is unlikely that we would be stood here,” Robert said in tribute to the Team Centurion-Vaude competitors.

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    Amongst the jubilation at the Cape Epic win, there was another result to savor — Topeak Ergon’s Sally Bigham (35) and Esther Süss (riding as Team Meerendal) took 2nd place in the women’s race. A superb result in itself, and one that the team will continue to celebrate.

    All of this success is only possible thanks to the whole team — not just the athletes. Particular mention should go to team mechanic Peter Felber, and the Team Manager Dirk Juckwer. A mention also should go to the sponsors, providing the equipment which is hard wearing enough to be able to take the punishment of this race. From the ergonomic advantages from Ergon’s grip and saddle program, minimizing fatigue, to the performance of the new Canyon 29er full suspension bikes. Everything plays its part.

    More information and results at: www.cape-epic.com

  • Cape Epic: Interview with Nino Schurter: "Mental Power is King"

    "...we were the only top team without any technical issues
    – no punctures, no defects."

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    Nino Schurter of SCOTT-Odlo MTB Racing Team and partner Phil Buys gave it the perfect frame: In a stunning final at the world's greatest Mountain Biking happening, the World Champion and his South African companion escorted Matthys Beukes and Gert Heyns of SCOTT Factory Racing to their first win at the last stage of the ABSA Cape Epic. Four SCOTT riders- three of them South Africans- gave the "Tour de France of Mountain Biking" an emotional end in front of a spectacular crowd.

    We asked Nino Schurter a few questions about his experience he made during an incredible week.

    One week of epic impressions- what was your best experience?
    Our victory at the final stage was a true highlight for me - different, but definitely full of enormous amounts of emotion. To push and to escort these great guys to what you may call the “Champs Elysée of Mountain Biking” was a strong moment and a lifetime experience. The crowds were incredible, and our entire week was literally one epic adventure. The best experience for me was one that is not experienced often enough by mountain bike racers. Never give up, believe in yourself- it pays off! Our success was the perfect example of that.

    …and the worst?
    My race partner Phil Buys really struggled a few times - I had to push him hard in the first couple of stages. But everybody experiences some highs and lows during such a hard race. As the weaker part of a two-man team, you have to have a solid mental base and to be able to accept quite a few defeats. I might have ridden faster - but I couldn’t. That’s something that you have to learn to accept.

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    What were your personal key moments in the race?
    I had several of these. But especially after a long downhill single track on stage 3 where we could extend our leading position with another two minute gap, we realized that our technical skills were much better than the ones of our competitors. Phil is a very good technical rider, which helped us open gaps again and again. A good level of anticipation in certain race situations was key quite a few times as we were the only top team without any technical issues - no punctures, no defects. Our Spark 700s turned out to be the perfect stage race weapons. I couldn’t imagine having a better full suspension bike for that purpose. With this in mind, plus our strong belief in ourselves, we got better and better, dominating the race from next day on.

    What new lessons can a World Champion learn throughout such a week?
    Never ever give up. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel! The Cape Epic is an incredibly long race. Anything can happen to you- and at a certain point, it will. If we didn’t have the brake issues on stage 2, we would have ended up on the podium on Sunday. But it’s the mental strength in the end. That’s what I learn time and time again, and what I will benefit from in future races.

    What does having a good personal relationship with your partner mean? What does it evoke?
    Phil probably put himself under too much pressure in the beginning. Having not met his expectations in the early stages, he was feeling down. But as soon as he handled the pressure, we felt like everything could be possible. You have to have the physical fitness, no doubt- but mental power is king. No other race proves this more than the Cape Epic. As soon as both in a team realize that, you are unstoppable.

    What surprised you most this past week?
    From day 4 on, all stages were won with 27.5” bikes - that was interesting to see. South Africa in general but also stage races all over the world were owned by 29ers up until now. But when it comes to technical MTB racing with demanding single tracks and steep uphills, you can’t deny the advantages of the 27.5” wheel sizes.

    Stage race vs. XCO World Cup: How do you manage to switch to XCO mode now?
    I didn’t go to my limit this past week, that’s the good news. But it will be a challenge to change my training from long and low pressure to the opposite right now. After 3 days of relaxation, I will train short intervals and sprints to be ready for World Cup No 1 in Pietermaritzburg.

    See the original interview here on scott-sports.com.

  • Rodrigues Wins 2014 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya

    Joaquim Rodriguez brings to Katusha an overall victory

    katusha-rodriguez-2014-volta-a-catalunya Joaquim Rodriguez on the podium. (Photo: Tim De Waele)

    Despite the rain and wet roads on the final day of racing in Catalunya, the leading Russian team Katusha let nothing deter them from the purpose of the day: to deliver Joaquim Rodriguez to the finish line as the winner of the 94th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya. Mission accomplished.

    A happy Joaquim Rodriguez was content with this victory, saying, “This victory is important to me. It was a big race in Spain and also a WorldTour race. Now two weeks in a row we win in the WorldTour,” he said, referring to last week’s win by Alexander Kristoff in Milano-Sanremo.
    “Also this was a real race, especially when you saw Alberto Contador trying all the way to the end to gain the four seconds he needed. You saw the real Contador who always fights for victory. This race was especially hard with all the wind and the rain, but that’s what makes bike racing exciting. Otherwise there is nothing to organize.”

    General manager Viacheslav Ekimov had high praise for his riders: “To ‘Purito’ I want to send many congratulations and to say that I hope he feels well-prepared for the upcoming Ardennes classics. We believe he can show us something there, too. This is a WorldTour win and we all dream to have these wins and we’ve kept our fingers crossed that these things would happen for the Russian Global Cycling Project. Katusha Team is at such a high level on our morale right now. We’ll try to maintain this momentum for the classics in Belgium.”

    A late attack from Alberto Contador was quickly brought back by Rodriguez, keeping the general classification status quo with fellow Spaniard Contador in second at four-seconds and American Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) rounding out the podium in third. With the win, Joaquim Rodriguez moves into fifth place on the UCI WorldTour.

    Sports director Dmitry Konyshev added: “This WorldTour win is important for the team and for Joaquim too because he’s Catalan. One more time we’ve showed everyone that Katusha is a great team because we strive to work together. Today the team worked together perfectly. We let the breakaway go so there would be no time bonuses and they did a good job.Purito caught Contador’s last attack and was right there in the front for the sprint. He was perfect.”

    After an initial 71 km on the open roads, the final stage included 8 local laps over the Alt de Montjuïc climb in the Barcelona area. Because of the wet roads, the laps were shortened from 6.2 km to 5km to ensure rider safety on the descents. Astana’s Lieuwe Westra attacked in the closing laps to claim a solo victory at 1:22 to Marcus Burghardt (BMC) and Thomas Voeckler of Europcar after two-and-a-half hours of racing.Rodriguez sprinted in with the GC favorites to take tenth on stage 7 at 2:07.

    Rodriguez concluded: “I want to thank the organizers for taking away the dangerous part of the circuit and for thinking of the well-being of the riders. Now I look forward to trying to win in Liège-Bastogne-Liège and then on to the Giro d’Italia.

  • Luis Amaran of Team Jamis Wins San Dimas KOM and Sprint Competition

    Ian Crane Sprints to 5th As Luis Amaran Wins KOM and Sprint Competition at San Dimas Stage Race

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    On the final day of racing in San Dimas California, Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home again proved their depth and strength. Going into the stage, Luis Amaran started just 27 seconds out of the overall lead, and also led both the KOM and Sprint competitions. While Amaran wore the green Sprint Leader's Jersey, his teammate, and co-leader of the KOM Competition, Daniel Jaramillo, wore the polka-dotted KOM Leader's Jersey.

    From the start, the racing was fast and aggressive in the Old Town Grand Prix. The early laps were punctuated by groups of four to six riders going clear, only to be brought to heal a lap later. After 30 minutes of racing, the field came back together as the riders contested the first of two bonus sprints. With Amaran scoring valuable bonus points in the Sprint Competition, he further cemented his lead in that classification, while also picking up a one-second time bonus on the Overall Classification.

    Throughout the final hour of racing, the attacks continued. Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home maintained a strong presence near the front of the race, placing a rider into every break that threatened to go away. When it came down to the final ten laps of racing, the field was all back together, as the sprinter's teams began to set up the lead outs. Ian Crane was guided through the final laps by Luis Amaran, allowing Crane to open a finishing sprint that would net him 5th on the stage, bumping him up one spot, and back into the Top-10 Overall Classification.

    Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home leave San Dimas after a successful three days of racing where the team put a rider in the Top-5 on each stage, won the KOM and Sprint Competitions, and put 4 riders into the Top-10 on the Overall Classification. The team will now travel to Redlands, California for the first event of the 2014 National Racing Calendar, (NRC) the Redlands Bicycle Classic.

  • Nino Schurter [Scott-Odlo] Rocks Monte Tamaro

    World Champion Nino Schurter of SCOTT-Odlo MTB Racing wins season opener. Florian Vogel 4th at Gran Premio Apertura.

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    Nino Schurter of SCOTT-Odlo MTB Racing Team won the Gran Premio Apertura in Rivera, Switzerland, which was held on the 2003 World Championship track near Lugano. Spectators at Monte Tamaro saw a dominant race from the World Champion, leaving behind Julien Absalon (BMC) and Thomas Litscher (Multivan-Merida). Nino`s team mate Florian Vogel prooved his good shape with a solid performance and finished in 4th. The C2 race was the season opener for European XC racers.

    Nino Schurter's focus in 2014 is a bit different to previous years: The 3x World Champion and 3x World Cup Overall winner is looking for new ways to develop his skills and therefore he will switch disciplines part-time to race the Tour de Suisse and Tour de Romandie on the road. Another season highlight starts already on Sunday- The ABSA Cape Epic, the most prestigious stage race for mountain bikers in the world. He will race the Cape Epic together with his new racing partner Philip Buys, the 2014 African Champion.

    2014 Race Season, here we are! World Champion Nino Schurter of SCOTT-Odlo MTB Racing crossing the finish line in 1st place- familiar territory.

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    Nino Schurter in the DH at Monte Tamaro and accelerating his SCOTT Scale 700 RC on the demanding track. Right: Florian Vogel. Photos: SCOTT / Armin M. Küstenbrück
    "Over the winter I put in a lot more training hours and especially more basic and long distance training in order to prevail at the Cape Epic and in my road experiences. The GP Apertura was the perfect warm up for South Africa," stated Nino. The 27 year old dominated the race from the start line. Only Absalon, Litscher and Vogel could stay in sight with him but were never close to beating him. "The track was a perfect showcase for a 27.5" bike: It was technically demanding with a lot of switchbacks and speed changes," Nino explained aftre the race. "I'm happy to see that the change in my preparation did not have any bad influence on my agility and power."

    "The GP Apertura was the perfect warm up for South Africa."

    Nino Schurter, World Champion
    SCOTT-Odlo MTB Racing Team

  • IAM Cycling's Matteo Pelucchi Wins Stage 2 of Tirreno-Adriatico

    Matteo Pelucchi: “This victory is for Kristof”

    “This victory is for you, Kristof. I gave everything I had to have this chance to dedicate a win to you up there, from where you are looking down and watching us.” Moved to tears after his victory at the end of the second stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, Matteo Pelucchi did not forget to honor the memory of the teammate with whom he shared his room at the Tour of Qatar early this past February. Kristof Goddaert, who died tragically in an accident while training on February 18th, has remained in the memories of his IAM Cycling teammates. After this victory in a World Tour race in front of the best sprinters in the peloton, including Mark Cavendish, Peter Sagan, Marcel Kittel, André Greipel as well as Arnaud Démare, the 25 year old Pelucchi has well and truly demonstrated his strength and potentials.

    After stepping down from the podium where he collected the red jersey worn by the leader in the points classification, Matteo Pelucchi took his head in his hands. “But what am I supposed to do? I don’t think it has sunk in yet. It will take me a little time. Though I was first across the line, it is thanks to the amazing team work from all the guys. During the final circuit, all my teammates fulfilled all their tasks, protecting me perfectly at the front of the pack. I simply couldn’t disappoint them. Roger Kluge and Heinrich Haussler were assigned to protect me and slotted me into an ideal position once we passed under the final kilometer marker. But the whole sprint set up was total confusion and chaos. There really wasn’t much of a team with a train to take the situation in hand. I initially set myself onto Cavendish’s wheel, but then I gained a few places to grab onto Greipel with 300 meters to go. I came out from behind his draft and in spite of the head wind, I held on for the win.” Before heading off to doping control, the Italian who has established himself in Switzerland brought to mind the hard work he had put in all during the off season. “The training I worked through this whole winter is paying off today. It has not always been easy. But during the race in Mallorca, I could already see the progress I had made. Now to win a World Tour event in my third participation in a race of this level will give me great confidence. And it will also give my teammates a boost and motivation in the training days and races ahead.”

    IAM Cycling: Matthias Brändle (Aut), Martin Elmiger (S), Heinrich Haussler (Aus), Thomas Löfkvist (Su), Dominic Klemme (All), Roger Kluge (All), Matteo Pelucchi (It), Marcel Wyss (S).

  • UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Takes Third Overall in Langkawi

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    Isaac Bolivar Leads UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team to Third Overall in Tour de Langkawi.

    The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team has concluded an excellent showing at the 2014 Tour de Langkawi. The final haul of results for the team includes a third place overall finish on the General Classification and second place finish in the Mountains Classification, both results achieved by Isaac Bolivar, and stage podiums on three stages with three different riders.

    The results mirror the high expectations that Team Manager Mike Tamayo has set for the Blue Train in 2014, and more specifically, reflect the diverse squad that he sent to take on Langkawi’s challenges, which range from full-throttle sprint finishes with some of the world’s best sprinters, to sharp climbing stages over the race’s 10 stages and nearly 1500 kilometers of competition. Confirming the result, Tamayo congratulated his riders, “This edition of Langkawi, with so many podiums and a 3rd in GC is one of our best tours so far. It's great that we factored in the climbs, in the breaks and also in the sprints. It shows that we are a well rounded team with a dynamic roster.”

    Wasting little time in garnering results, the team scored its first podium of the race with Johnny Clarke earning a third place finish on stage two, surviving from a break that formed early in the day and worked until the closing kilometers to keep the peloton at bay.

    Stage three saw Brad White immediately try to add to the results tally, as he too, made the early break and nearly made it stick, getting caught just one kilometer from the finish. Undeterred, Brad took his opportunity again on stage five, taking a spot in a six-rider break. As the stage wore on, White did his part to be sure that the break would succeed. He worked to jettison weaker riders late in the day, and then outsprinted the remaining two riders to take the win.

    However, it was stage four that showcased perhaps the most important display of teamwork from the UnitedHealthcare squad during the event. The team had one clear goal, and that was to support and protect Isaac Bolivar on the hilly course. Twenty-five riders made an early separation from the peloton, included in the move: White and Bolivar. This set up a perfect scenario in which White could do the work and Bolivar could sit on and conserve energy as the numbers in the break were reduced on the sharp climbs throughout the stage. Finally, White delivered Bolivar to the base of the last climb with just twelve riders remaining in the lead group. From there, Bolivar took the initiative and put in a big attack with 3 kilometers to go, leaving all but two other riders in his wake. Bolivar would hold on for a third place finish on the day, a result that the team would defend to the end of the race, producing a spot on the final General Classification podium for Bolivar.

    Combined with the numerous top-ten finishes at Tour de Langkawi, the team’s results were cause for celebration by Team Director Hendrik Redant, and reason to look toward the rest of the spring schedule with optimism and high expectations. Said Redant, “I’m proud of the effort put in by what proved to be a very strong UnitedHealthcare team at Langkawi. The riders covered all of the key moves, delivered results of their own, and worked together create a superb result for Isaac Bolivar, who has clearly confirmed his quality, despite battling bronchitis during the race.”

  • UnitedHealthcare Women’s Blue Train Resumes Winning in El Salvador

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    The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Women’s Team resumed racing this week in El Salvador and with that, also resumed winning. Yesterday, the riders began a 3-race Grand Prix series leading up to the main event, the 5-stage Vuelta a El Salvador. This first race proved to be very challenging and featured steep climbs, on which UnitedHealthcare climber Sharon Laws was able to force a selection among the leaders and set up Mara Abbott for a solo attack. Mara earned a podium position in 3rd place, with teammate Sharon Laws winning a sprint for 4th.

    The women lined up again today to contest the Grand Prix Oriente, a 99-kilometer rolling course with a tough, 20km ascent before the finish. When the peloton neared the final climb, Blue Train rider Katie Hall launched an attack, narrowing the field significantly. Not long after, 2-time Giro Donne winner, Mara Abbott, launched her own solo attack, never to be seen again by the peloton. Mara finished over 2-minutes ahead of the next rider, with teammate Sharon Laws joining her on the podium in 3rd place. This is the second victory for the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Women’s Team in their third race since formation.

    “I'm super happy with how today went, it's not often that you put a plan in place and everything goes exactly according to that plan. When it does, it's a very sweet feeling. With Mara in great climbing form, we knew the win was possible today but the team still has to pull everything together,” commented Sports Director Rachel Heal, “All of the riders played their parts to perfection today. That kind of cohesion and teamwork from a new team is awesome to see so early in the season.”

    Ecstatic about the win, her surroundings, and the team’s performance, race winner Mara Abbott reflected, “I am so thrilled to be able to compete in such a beautiful place with such spectacular natural terrain. The team rode so well and efficiently. Ruth and Hannah took great care of us leading into the climb and Katie put in a spectacular set up attack that allowed me to get away. I am blown away by the hospitality of the country and thrilled to be able to represent UnitedHealthcare and cycling in general with a win like this. I am even more excited I was able to share the podium with my teammate Sharon.”

    Major contributor and yesterday’s antagonist, Sharon Laws, also commented on her podium finish, “I'm really excited to get a podium result today, after a big crash last year, it's great to feel I'm coming back to good form. I'm really happy to be riding with such a supportive and talented team and I'm proud to be part of the Blue Train.”

    The squad lines up again tomorrow for the Grand Prix El Salvador, then starts the 5-stage Vuelta a El Salvador on March 11th.

    UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Roster, 2014 Vuelta a El Salvador
    Mara Abbott (USA)
    Hannah Barnes (GBR)
    Katie Hall (USA)
    Sharon Laws (GBR)
    Lauren Tamayo (USA)
    Ruth Winder (USA)

  • Brad White Wins Stage 2 of Tour de Langkawi

    Brad White earned the first win of the 2014 season for the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team men’s squad today in stage 5 of the Tour de Langkawi. After two podium appearances and three days in the top three of the general classification, it was clear that the Blue Train was in Langkawi to race and a win was coming.

    Brad’s fantastic stage victory did not come easy, as stage 2 saw many of the Blue Train riders caught up in a hard crash in the final kilometers. The team recovered and fought on together, with Brad in the breakaway and then a solo attack on the very next day. Brad’s form and commitment have been incredible this week, as he earned his way into today’s breakaway for the third consecutive day. While his legs must have felt the toll of the massive back-to-back efforts, Brad followed the guidance of his director, Hendrik Redant, working hard early in the day to build the breakaway’s advantage, then saving energy and strength for the finale. The 5-rider breakaway was reduced to just 3, leaving more work for Brad but also strengthening his desire for the attack to succeed and allow him a chance for the victory. The breakaway companions fought for position in the final kilometers, with Brad emerging the strongest in the final sprint.

    Brad White commented on his victory, “Big win today. They say the third time is the charm - this was the third day in a row in the break and I am happy to be able to come away with the win. After coming so close to a win on stage 3, I was hungry for a win once I found myself in the break again today. Isaac had a great ride yesterday and team moral is high. It's not often that a break stays away in a big race like this. When it happens you can't let it slip away. I can't express how happy I am for the win and all the support I have from teammates, staff, sponsors, family, and friends. I could not do it without all these people.”

    Redant concluded, “Talent, conviction, and perseverance, 3 key words that lead Brad to victory today! 
 He is very talented and strong; believes in what he does, and never gives up! 
All of this resulted in victory today two days after his first attempt for a stage win!”

    UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Roster, 2014 Tour de Langkawi
    Carlos Alzate (COL)
    Isaac Bolivar (COL)
    Jonny Clarke (AUS)
    Robert Förster (GER)
    Ken Hanson (USA)
    Brad White (USA)

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