The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team was confirmed today as one of the 16 teams scheduled to compete in the inaugural Quiznos Pro Challenge stage race taking place in Colorado, August 22-28, 2011. The race, which is already being billed as one of the most demanding professional cycling events ever held in America, will consist of seven stages and is expected to be the largest spectator event ever held in Colorado.
“We are excited to have secured commitments from such world-class teams in the competition’s first year,” said Shawn Hunter, co-chair of the Quiznos Pro Challenge. “We’ve set high goals for this race and the addition of these teams shows great promise for our future and cycling in the United States.”
Momentum Sports Group, LLC (owner and operator of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team) Co-Owner and President, Thierry Attias, stated, “We are honored to compete in the first-ever Quiznos Pro Challenge. Colorado will provide a great backdrop to what promises to be an incredible race pulled together by a fantastic organizing committee.”
Momentum’s Co-Owner, Chairman and CEO, Greg Raifman, commented, “This is going to be a great race. Like the Amgen Tour of California and the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, the Quiznos Pro Challenge is going to give fans a rare opportunity to experience the great sport of professional cycling up close and personal. This tour is a great statement about racing in the United States and we are proud to be a part of this history making event.”
When asked about expectations for the Team, General Manager and Directeur Sportif, Mike Tamayo, said, “We are excited about competing in the Quiznos Pro Challenge. It is going to be intense as many of the world’s top teams will be racing against each other for the first time in Colorado. We are going to have our guys ready and we are looking forward to the challenge.”
Other teams confirmed to date for participation in the Quiznos Pro Challenge include RadioShack (USA), Leopard-Trek (Luxembourg), Liquigas-Cannondale (Italy), HTC-Highroad (USA), BMC (USA), Garmin-Cervelo (USA), Team Type 1-Sanofi Aventis (USA), Skil-Shimano (Netherlands), and Spidertech Powered By C10 (Canada).