The Blue Train heads to the Tour of Oman.
After a breathtaking finale at the Tour of Qatar, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team heads to the Batinah Coast this week to contest the 2014 Tour of Oman. Starting on February 18th and concluding on the 23rd, the 6-stage race will cover 915.5 kilometers along the Gulf of Oman, to the summit of Jabal Al Akhdhar (Green Mountain), and back down to the coast for the overall finish at Matrah Corniche.
The 2014 edition of the Tour of Oman features three likely sprint stages, where Blue Train riders Robert Förster, Aldo Ilesic, and John Murphy will fight it out among some of the world’s fastest sprint trains. All-rounder and Qatar standout, Alessandro Bazzana will be present in the Oman roster along with Chris Jones, both ready to deploy their breakaway skills and climbing prowess at any opportunity throughout the race. Geographically much different from the flat, wind-blown courses covered in last week’s Tour of Qatar, the team will look to animate the action in the hills of Oman with the addition of climbers Marc de Maar and Lucas Euser to the roster.
The Blue Train has shown consistent improvement in terms of teamwork, combativeness, and fitness over the last few weeks of racing since training camp, and looks forward to representing sponsors this week in Oman. Director Mike Tamayo concludes, “During Qatar, we saw the boys get stronger day after day, finishing with a near stage win at the end of a very grueling race. Some fresh faces come in to join the Blue Train with Marc and Lucas, both of whom just came off of a great tour of San Luis and are very motivated to ride hard here in Oman.”
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Roster for the 2014 Tour of Oman
Alessandro Bazzana (ITA)
Marc de Maar (CUR)
Lucas Euser (USA)
Robert Förster (GER)
Aldo Ilesic (SLO)
Chris Jones (USA)
Martijn Maaskant (NED)
John Murphy (USA)