Optum p/b KBS Sprinter Takes First UCI Victory of 2013 on Foreign Soil
March 22nd | Minneapolis, MN
Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies’ Ken Hanson delivered a dominant performance today in stage two of Portugal’s Volta ao Alentejo (UCI 2.2), closing a gap over the closing meters of the race with a smartly timed sprint to claim his second win of the team’s 2013 spring European campaign.
Hanson was delivered to the top of the podium due to a full team effort during the 174 kilometer second stage of the five-day race, and had nothing but praise for his teammates following the win.
“Today was a good day – we have a teammate of mine second in general classification with Chad Haga, so we made sure he stayed out of trouble. My team made the finishing approach very fast and kept me safe, and I was fortunate enough to have a good shot for the sprint and I won, which is always good for our team.”
Hanson timed his efforts over the closing moments perfectly, blowing past Portuguese sprinters Filipe Cardoso, Bruno Sancho, and Bontrager star Jasper Stuyven to claim the victory for Optum p/b KBS.
Performance Director Jonas Carney used some inside intel to help secure the victory.
“Last night our Portuguese soigneur, Raul, and our Portuguese mechanic, Luis, gave us some great advice about the final kilometers entering Mertola,” said Carney. “Both of them are former racers who know the finish, and they advised us about the technical descent into Mertola and how the road narrows and curves sharply before the uphill sprint. This information ended up being critical to our victory today.”
Optum p/b KBS and Ken Hanson will have another flat, fast day of racing tomorrow, finishing in another technical, uphill sprint that should suit Hanson.