|Boston, MA – The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team closed out the 2012 season in the same manner it rolled through August and September, on a triumphant note, as Australian sprinter, Hilton Clarke, was crowned king of this year’s National Criterium Calendar (NCC) Series following his 4thplace finish at the TD Bank Mayor’s Cup on Saturday, September 22 in Boston, Massachusetts. Team UnitedHealthcare also won the team NCC title.
In a race in which Team SmartStop/Mountain Khakis’ Luke Keough (younger brother of Jake Keough) claimed the victory, three members of the Blue Train from UnitedHealthcare landed on the podium, as Karl Menzies (AUS), Clarke and Jake Keough (USA) took 2nd, 4th and 5th place respectively.
For Clarke and Team UnitedHealthcare, winning the NCC individual and team titles capped off a most impressive final two months of the season with the squad racing extremely well the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, USA Pro Challenge, Tour of Portugal, Tour of Britain and TD Bank Mayor’s Cup. The well-documented “podium or bust” mantra adopted by the Team in early August led to multiple stage wins, podium results, top 5 finishes, days in the overall leader’s jersey, numerous special classification jerseys, Team Classification wins, and more, throughout the strong August-September finish.
General Manager and Team Director, Mike Tamayo, stated, “The TD Bank Mayor’s Cup and the city of Boston provided a great atmosphere for racing. The guys rode an almost perfect race but we had a bit of confusion on the last lap. Nonetheless, this has been a great finish to our season. We’re proud Hilton winning the overall NCC crown and the Team capturing the team title. Karl Menzies did a great job taking 2nd place here along with Hilton in 4th place and Jake Keough in 5th place. Also, a big congratulations to Jake’s brother, Luke Keough, and Team Mountain Khakis on getting the win in Boston, which is also the Keough brothers’ backyard.”