Haga Second Overall, Second in Final Stage of Volta ao Alentejo With Second Overall, Zirbel and Zwizanski 1-2 In Stage Four
|Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies continued their assault on the Volta ao Alentejo this weekend, claiming a victory and three of the final six stage placings on their way to delivering Chad Haga to second place overall, ten seconds behind race winner Jasper Stuyven of Bontrager. Haga followed up Ken Hanson and Tom Zirbel’s race wins in stages two and four with his second runner-up finish of the race in stage five, missing the win by a few centimeters in a frantic finish to the five-day, UCI 2.2 ranked event.
“We are a bit disappointed that we could not win the overall, but the team sold out for Chad over the final stages to make things happen, and ultimately it was a great week for us. We won two stages, finished second three times, and delivered Chad to second overall. It’s a confidence booster to ride well against some of the strongest continental teams in the world, and hats go off to the Bontrager team and Jasper for making this a fun, competitive event.” [Read more...]