Boulder, CO – Rory Sutherland (AUS) of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, crossed the line at the top of Flagstaff Mountain in Boulder, Colorado, ahead of the competition earlier today, Saturday, August 25, to capture the victory in Stage 6 of USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
Sutherland’s podium topping performance was followed by Fabio Aru (ITA) of Astana Pro Team, who took second, and Stage 4 winner, Jens Voigt (GER) of RadioShack-Nissan-Trek, who took third place in Stage 6.
With fierce determination, Sutherland’s decision to attack the break proved to be decisive, as never looked back en route to the Stage victory. The Seasoned 6’2” Aussie took command of the field and left the competition gasping for air as he ascended to the top of Flagstaff winning Stage 6 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
Speaking about the incredible victory today Sutherland stated, “Coming into the last climb I went with what I thought was a good idea. I know this climb so well from training, I knew when to attack from the bottom and I was able to pick my way through the ginormous crowd and managed to hold on over the top to bring the victory home for our team. Winning a stage like this in front of my family, my friends, our staff and our sponsors makes all the hard work worthwhile. We are all really proud of what we achieved today. Throughout this tour we’ve had a lot of ups and downs, but for the team, the riders, and the staff we are so proud of what we’ve achieved today.”
“It was obviously a fantastic day, especially doing this in Boulder, my adopted home and in front of this incredible crowd. Chris Jones and the boys worked their butts off for me all day long. We had a goal and everyone contributed to making it happen. I’m ecstatic, the crowds were amazing – ridiculously amazing and I am so happy for our team today.”
Sutherland’s win caps off an outstanding month of racing from Team UnitedHealthcare. The Stage 6 victory punctuates a stellar month of racing from the boys in blue in Utah, Portugal, and Colorado at three of the premier races in the sport of cycling.
Team UnitedHealthcare wraps up the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge tomorrow with the individual time trial in Denver. In addition, the team will wrap up the 2012 Tour of Portugal on Sunday as well.
TEAM UNITEDHEALTHCARE ROSTER FOR THE 2012 USA PRO CHALLENGE (August 20-26):
Rory Sutherland (USA)
Jeff Louder (USA)
Robert Förster (GER)
Jake Keough (USA)
Chris Jones (USA)
Ben Day (AUS)
Karl Menzies (AUS)
Danny Summerhill (USA)
TEAM UNITEDHEALTHCARE ROSTER FOR THE 2012 VOLTA A PORTUGAL (August 15-26):
Jonny Clarke (AUS)
Marc de Maar (CUR)
Davide Frattini (ITA)
Jason McCartney (USA)
Kai Reus (NED)
Jay Thomson (RSA)
Boy van Poppel (NED)
Brad White (USA)
Hilton Clarke (AUS)
Team Director: Hendrik Redant (BEL)
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