UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling pumped for Colorado Classic
DENVER – With just a few days rest after Tour of Utah, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team takes their climbing legs to Denver and Vail, hosts of the 2018 UCI 2.HC Colorado Classic. Both teams will take part in a four day stage race, which includes an uphill time trial, two circuit races and a road race.
Tvetcov, Hall to lead men and women’s teams
Serghei Tvetcov, second at the Colorado Classic in its inaugural edition last year, is hungry to better his runner up status in this year’s event. The Romanian won the penultimate stage in Denver, which boosted him onto the second step of the podium.
Travis McCabe, who narrowly missed a stage win in 2017 and had a podium placing on three out of four stages, will also be part of the 2018 roster.
Joining Tvetcov and McCabe in the Colorado Classic are Gavin Mannion, Lachlan Norris, Daniel Jaramillo and Alex Cataford.
“The team is really looking forward to showing some strong performances here in Colorado,” Cataford said. “We had Travis going really well in the sprints in Utah, and we hope to translate that to the road here. Personally, I am really looking forward to the stage 2 time trial that is being held in Vail. I’ve been doing some specific work towards it and have seen some really good form in training. Looking forward to getting a number on my back and showing what I can do in the last part of the season.”
On the women’s side, Katie Hall will lead a strong roster along with time trial specialist Leah Thomas, who will be looking forward to the 16-km uphill time trial in Vail.
“We’re really excited to race here in Colorado,” Hall said. “We went up today to see the circuit race course and the TT course in Vail. Despite being short stages, we think the course is great and the circuit race should be very exciting. The circuit is quite technical and goes through winding neighborhood roads, a pedestrian shopping mall, an underground parking garage, and a dirt climb. It was quite windy there today and so with a short race, it should be quite aggressive and fun racing. We’ve got a strong team here for these courses with Leah, Lauren, Shawn, Janelle, Diana, and myself and we are here looking for both a GC win and some stage wins.”
Hall also paid tribute to team captain Lauren Hall, who is retiring from professional cycling at the end of the year.
“We’re excited to celebrate her and all the things she accomplished in her cycling career,” Hall added.
Diana Peñuela, Janelle Cole and Shawn Morelli will round out the women’s roster.
“We’re on a winning streak when it comes to stage races in the US this year, and we’re hoping to continue that streak,” team director Rachel Hedderman said. “There’s a good field so it’ll be tough to do, but we’re motivated and ready to race.”