Park City, Utah – The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team wrapped up an extremely impressive 2012 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah earlier today, Sunday, August 12, 2012, where it began six days ago – with one or more of its riders standing on the podium presentation stage following a hard day of racing. Stage Six which began and ended in Park City, Utah and was presented by UnitedHealthcare, saw Stage One winner, Rory Sutherland, and Salt Lake City’s own Jeff Louder, receive the special jersey classification awards for the Exergy Most Aggressive Rider and the Miller Lite Best Utah Rider, respectively.
Levi Leipheimer of Omega Pharma-QuickStep, won Stage Six with a solo effort over the final climb which he maintained through the finish, besting Rabobank Cycling Team’s Steven Kruijswijk, who took second, and Team NetApp’s Leopold Koenig, who finished in third place. The BMC Racing Team’s Johann Tschopp finished in the yellow jersey as the overall winner of this year’s edition of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.
Team UnitedHealthcare’s aggressive “podium or bust” week of racing was highlighted by two dramatic stage wins in Sutherland’s triumphant opening stage victory and Jake Keough’s electrifying sprint finish in Stage Four. The Keough win was perhaps the biggest of his career to date, as the fearless young gun from Sandwich, Massachusetts bolted past Garmin-Sharp’s Tyler Farrar in the final meters, dashing both Farrar’s and Liquigas-Cannondale’s Marco Benfatto’s hopes for standing on the podium’s highest step.
Sutherland’s long run in the breakaway today combined with Louder’s effort off the front in yesterday’s grueling fifth stage and Phil Deignan’s work with the group of escapees earlier in the week, exemplified the highly aggressive but extremely strategic racing strategy the squad executed throughout the Tour. The entire team played a role in its success this week as the strength of veterans Ben Day and Chris Jones pulling the Team through at critical points proved invaluable. And veteran speedster Hilton Clarke and sprint captain Robert Förster’s leadership and selflessness made sure the U.S. based Pro Continental outfit secured one-third of the six available top spots on the podium.
General Manager and Team Director, Mike Tamayo, said emphatically, “This was one of the best performances by the Team this year. We said all week we were focused on getting stage wins and to do that, it would require near perfect execution and that’s what we got. We were aggressive, we were confident and we were focused and I could not be happier with the effort and performance from the boys and the staff this week. These guys should be really proud of themselves.”
“This was a great Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and we’re happy we were able to put on a solid performance in front of so many of our sponsors and the fans in this great bike racing community and the state of Utah,” Tamayo concluded.
The six-stage, 545 mile 2012 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah concluded in Park City, Utah today, Sunday, August 12, 2012. Team UnitedHealthcare will head one state over to Colorado for next week’s highly anticipated USA Pro Cycling Challenge and also overseas once again for the Tour of Portugal later this month.
TEAM UNITEDHEALTHCARE ROSTER FOR THE 2012 LARRY H. MILLER TOUR OF UTAH (August 7-12):
Jeff Louder (USA)
Philip Deignan (IRE)
Rory Sutherland (AUS)
Hilton Clarke (AUS)
Robert Förster (GER)
Jake Keough (USA)
Chris Jones (USA)
Ben Day (AUS)
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