2011 Tour of California - UnitedHealthcare
California Team comes home after productive stint racing in Europe to shine on
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team announced today its official
roster for the 2011 Amgen Tour of California. Scheduled to compete for the Blue
Train in one of the world's most important stage races are Robert Förster (GER),
Christian Meier (CAN), Karl Menzies (AUS), Andrew Pinfold (CAN), Rory Sutherland
(AUS), Charly Wegelius (GBR), Brad White (USA), and Northern California's own,
Chris Jones (USA).
When asked about the Team's return to the sixth annual eight-day, eight-stage
race across nearly 800 miles of scenic California roadways, coastlines and
iconic settings, General Manager and Team Director,
Mike Tamayo, said,
"We are ready. Our climbing team came together last month at the Vuelta
a Asturias. Rory Sutherland and Charly Wegelius have been on the podium for us a
few times and Robert Förster has won a couple of stages so far this year. Our
speed team is doing very well right now in the USA Crits Speed Week. Overall,
the miles the guys put in while racing in Europe are paying off and we are
pleased with the way they have come together as a unit. This Team is ready, and
we can't wait for the Amgen Tour of California to get underway."
Sutherland, Wegelius, and Meier and all head into this year's Amgen Tour of
California coming off podium finishes and top-10 overall performances in the
Vuelta a Asturias, Giro del Trentino and Settimana di Coppi e Bartali.
Förster, named earlier this year as one of North America's Top Riders
to Watch in 2011, is coming off a sensational run through the first part of the
season. The German speedster has established himself as a force in sprints
thanks to his numerous top-10 finishes, several podium appearances (including
his spectacular performance during this year's Tour of Langkawi - four straight
podiums in Stages 7 - 10), and stage wins in Langkawi and Asturias.
White, Menzies and Pinfold have played an integral role throughout the
season, especially the past several days as part of the Squad that has been
dominating the USA Crits Speed Week. And Northern California's own Chris Jones
(who hails from Auburn, California) has been a force for the Team during their
most recent block of European racing.
Commenting on his Team's participation in this year's race,
Team President Thierry Attias said, "We are
honored to be a part of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California. This is a world-class
race and provides cycling fans with a tremendous opportunity to see just how
incredible this sport truly is. The organizers always do a fantastic job putting
this event together and our title sponsor, UnitedHealthcare, is sponsoring Stage
4. Needless to say, we can't wait to get out there and represent our sponsors
and partners in the best possible way. We are excited to do our part in making
this a great experience for all involved."
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
2011 Tour of California Roster
|Robert Förster (GER)
Chris Jones (USA)
Christian Meier (CAN)
Karl Menzies (AUS)
|Andrew Pinfold (CAN)
Rory Sutherland (AUS)
Charly Wegelius (GBR)
Brad White (USA)
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