Mountaintop Success at Criterium International
The small French island of Corsica played host to the 84th Criterium International over the weekend. The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team turned out in force, with Marco Canola capturing the King of the Mountain jersey: a strong result in an important European event.
Stage one saw riders depart on a 92.5-kilometer loop starting and finishing in the largest city on the island, Porto Vecchio. After successive early breakaways, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team regrouped around Marco Canola for the sprint finish. In a long, challenging uphill run to the finish the team delivered Canola to an impressive seventh place in a world-class field.
Stage three, the longest and most grueling stage of the race, covered 189.5 kilometers from Porto Vecchio to a mountain top finish at Col de l’Ospedale, 3100 feet above the Mediterranean Ocean. The team worked hard to put Canola into the early breakaway. The Italian rewarded his Blue Train teammates by taking six of the seven available King of the Mountain competitions on the stage, anchoring the Polka Dot jersey in the process.
Sporting Director, Roberto Damiani, said of the team’s effort, “Today I asked our guys to show, in a high-class competition, their value as a team. They have responded strongly. We are confident moving on to the biggest races of the European calendar” The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team continue their European campaign with the Route Adelie – Vitre, a one-day race in France on April 3rd