The UHC Blue Train Returns to the Podium on Stage 6 of the Tour de Langkawi
After Brad White’s stage 5 victory in the Tour de Langkawi, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team remained strong, focused, and motivated, thirsty for more wins. Today was the first of three consecutive long stages in the tour, covering 199.1 kilometers and two major climbs. The peloton was fast and aggressive with nonstop attacks and an average of 51 kph for the first hour of today’s race.
Colombian rider, Isaac Bolivar was happy to contribute to the aggression, joining the day’s first breakaway. After a long day of hills and attacks, the peloton began to reel in breakaways in the flat run-up to the finish. According to the pre-race plan, the men of the UHC Blue Train worked to consolidate with the goal of leading Robert Förster out for the bunch sprint. With many teams fighting for position in the final kilometers, the chaos made it difficult for the riders to assemble their legendary leadout train. Ken Hanson was isolated in the final meters and forced to sprint alone, while Carlos Alzate stepped in to lead Förster out for the sprint. While the finale did not unfold according to plan, the UHC Blue Train acted on instinct and produced a great result with Ken Hanson sprinting to 3rd place and Robert Förster earning 4th.
Sports Director Hendrik Redant commented, “I saw a very strong and motivated team out there today. The race did not go as we planned, but practice makes the perfect sprint team. The boys are dialed-in and we will be back tomorrow!”
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)