Tvetcov takes biggest win of career at Tour of Korea
SEOUL, Korea – Serghei Tvetcov was the man of the hour at the recent Tour of Korea (2.1), claiming the biggest win of his already decorated career this past week. Coming off a motivating Amgen Tour of California performance, the Romanian only continued to impress, capturing the stage and yellow jersey on day three and holding onto it until the end.
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling win team GC after five stages
“It was great job to hold individual GC and team GC,” Tvetcov said. “Before the start of Tour of Korea we had a goal that, in this race, we will give the chance for everyone to make results. We didn’t focus on anyone particular, like GC guys or sprint. We were focused on an aggressive race from the start.”
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team came out firing on all cylinders for the opening stage of Tour of Korea. At 184 km, it was an undulating stage with hot temperatures and no wind to contend with. Howver, the team’s plan was to go for the mountains jersey and Canadian Alex Cataford set off in pursuit of the polka dots.
Cataford and another Canadian Benjamin Perry escaped the peloton in the early kilometers, and the plan was successful. Cataford nabbed the only mountains prime of the day to end the stage in the polka dot jersey.
In the sprint for victory, Tvetcov tussled for third place and Haedo began his series of consistent results and finished in the top ten, a promising start to what would be an excellent week for the team.
“It was a good race of our guys,” team director Hendrik Rendant said. “Aggressive riding and some good results.”
After Tvetcov took third place and just nine seconds away from the GC lead, the team turned its focus to protect him as a GC rider. Haedo as well would be their go-to sprinter.
With those goals in mind, the team chose stage 3, the queen stage to go for yellow.
“We had great cards to play with me, Lachlan Norris, Daniel Eaton and Alex Cataford. After the final climb, I had a chance to get in breakaway of four and we raised a gap of 40 seconds,” Tvetcov said. “I was already virtual leader in that group, so at the very least I would finish fourth place on the stage.”
Tvetcov decided that his GC lead was at minimum risk, so he attacked seven km to go and won the stage and captured the yellow jersey.
“A perfect move and what led to the stage win and the yellow jersey,” Redant said. “The plan worked 100 percent. I’m very pleased with how the team performed.”
For the next two stages, the team’s only job was to guard Tvetcov’s lead in the yellow classification, and they did it successfully while Haedo sprinted to two top five places.
Next on the men’s calendar is the Air Force Classic in Arlington, Virginia.