UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling men to embark on two-month European campaign
OAKLAND, Calif. – At the end of the month, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling men’s team is heading overseas to take on a packed European spring campaign, Starting with Belgian G.P. Samyn on February 27, the seven-rider squad will gather at the start line for 16 UCI one-day races in three different countries, taking on the world’s best.
Multi-faceted squad to tackle a diverse array of races
“I’m looking forward to our European racing schedule,” UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Director Hendrik Redant said. “Our riders will have to deal with the Belgian cobble roads, cold and wet circumstances, typical of the Belgian and Dutch weather, as well as with the challenging and more climbing French races. Nevertheless, I am sure they are all well prepared and super-motivated to fight in Europe with the top of world cycling.”
The schedule includes a variety of race parcours, offering plenty of opportunities for each rider to excel. Travis McCabe, Carlos Alzate and Tanner Putt will be looking for results in bunch sprints, Daniel Eaton, Alex Cataford, Adrian Hegyvary and Eric Marcotte will shine on tough power courses and climbing specialist Lachlan Norris will have his chance to mix it up during the hilly French races.
“I’m think it’s a bit of an understatement to say how excited I am to be racing in Europe.” US Criterum National Champion McCabe said. “My entire career I’ve dreamt of racing in Paris-Roubaix, Flanders, Milan San Remo and all great classics. Getting the chance to go over and race with UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling is the first step to making those dreams a reality. I’m most excited about proving to myself and to the Europeans that Americans can race the one day classics too.”
For Hegyvary, his European campaign has already started. He was in the United States for just a week after UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling’s training camp in Colombia before heading to Mallorca for the US National Team’s camp. At the end of this month, Hegyvary will travel to the Track World Championships to compete in the team pursuit and Madison.
“There are only three days between my last track event and the first road race with UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling, so I think my first goal is to be patient,” Hegyvary said. “I’ll have the fitness for the racing but might need a couple weeks for the endurance to come around. With that in mind, I think my primary goal the whole trip will be to race aggressively for breaks. I should have the top end power to race hard on the front end of these events, and getting up the road where the pace is smoother will aid in my ability to be there at the finish and help our sprinters.”
Tanner Putt will be one of those teammates who will appreciate Hegyvary’s help, as he’s already tasted top tens at Le Saymn and Ronde van Drenthe in 2015. The 25-year-old is hungry to return to those races and improve on those results. He’s also looking forward to the final race of the spring campaign, the Tro Bro Leon in France, which is a Paris-Roubaix style race that suits his racing style well.
Cataford, who finished second overall at the 2016 Tour of the Gila, is also looking forward to the French racing lanscape, coming up later in the campaign.
“I’m really looking forward to competing in the top scene of cycling, the spring classics in Belgium and France,” Cataford said. “I’m looking to go over there and compete for the win in every race we enter. Personally, I will be targeting the races later on in the block when we head to France. The short but numerous climbs in those races suit me and I look forward to showing what I can do.”
2018 Men’s Europe Roster