After a successful campaign at the Winston Salem Cycling Classic, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team heads to the UCI-ranked Philadelphia International Cycling Classic on Sunday, June 5th. The team has the firepower, motivation, and experience to battle the famous Manayunk Wall for the win in both the men’s and the women’s races.
Team General Manager Mike Tamayo has confidence in his team, coming off the back of a successful weekend of racing in Winston Salem, “Our team is strong, motivated and healthy. We have great experience racing on the streets of Philly, and always look forward to seeing the crowds on the Manayunk Wall.”
The men’s and women’s races will compete on the same course, a 12.3-mile circuit looping through some of Philadelphia’s favorite neighborhoods, finishing at the top of the famed Manayunk Wall. The women of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team will complete six laps of the brutal course, totaling 73.8 miles of racing.
Backing up Rivera will be a strong squad of women who have skill and experience in equal measures. Katie Hall proved invaluable to Rivera last weekend in Winston Salem, pulling the peloton back together for the finish. Seasoned veteran of the European peloton, Iris Slappendel, knows the riders on the WorldTour circuit and will shepherd the team through the early laps of the race.
Abby Mickey is known as a phenomenal climber, proving herself again this year at the Tour of the Gila. Although the Manayunk Wall takes all the fame, the Lemon Hill climb is another test on the circuit, and one where Mickey will be useful in keeping breakaways in check. Finishing out her 15 year professional career, Lauren Tamayo knows how to handle herself in a leadout. The pace on the final lap will be blistering, and Tamayo will be tasked with looking after the team in these frantic final minutes. Diana Penuela is new to the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, and will use her fast finishing ability to help keep the team dialed in the final turns.
The men will race a grueling nine laps of the circuit, totaling over 110 miles. Between KOM points on Lemon Hill and the Manayunk Wall, and the Sprint Zone along Kelly Drive, the peloton will be busy with opportunities.
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team brings a mix of sprint and climbing power to the race. Matthew Busche is known as a rider able to make the lead group on challenging courses such as Philly, and will look to stay in contention on the final lap. A part of this tactic will include placing riders in every important move throughout the day, and the strong backing from the Blue Train will help Busche out. Danny Summerhill, Tanner Putt, Chris Jones and Daniel Eaton come to the race as work horses, who will look to cover the most dangerous of moves throughout the day.
The Italian Marco Canola can finish fast but also hang on the climbs. He, along with Ty Magner, will be present at the end should the finish be decided from a bunch. They will also be the perfect leadout duo for the John Murphy, should an out and out sprint present itself. The race will be aggressive from the start, with every team wanting to gain as much time as possible in front of the enthusiastic crowd. The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team comes to the event with confidence to light up the race and push their competitors to the limit.