UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Roars Into July Behind Jake Keough’s 2nd Place Finish in Stage 2 of China’s Tour of Qinghai Lake and Rory Sutherland’s 2nd Place Finish at the Tour of America’s Dairyland’s Commonwealth Classic in Wisconsin
Oakland, CA (Saturday, June 30) – The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team’s Jake Keough (USA) and Rory Sutherland (AUS) continued their podium-placing ways last night, scoring a pair of dueces in both China and Wisconsin, respectively. Keough took second place in Stage 2 of China’s Tour of Qinghai Lake (122km stage from Duoba to Huzhu), finishing behind Sava’s Luka Mezgec (SVK) and ahead of Farnese Vini-Selle Italia’s Cristian Benenati (ITA). Half a world away from central China, Sutherland also captured a second place finish of his own at the Tour of America’s Dairyland’s Commonwealth Classic in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
Leadership, Teamwork and Results
Thanks to solid teamwork and strategy, Keough and Sutherland have helped lead the way for the boys in blue through a red-hot June. The Team looks to carry that momentum into July and create more fireworks in the form of results for the U.S. based Pro Continental squad. Keough, who won the Rockstar Games Presents 39th Annual Harlem Skyscraper Classic and the Air Force Classic’s Crystal City Cupearlier this month, will factor heavily in China over the course of the next 11 stages of the 13-stage Tour of Qinghai Lake. Sutherland has performed quite well throughout the past two months also, winning the overall at Canada’s Tour de Beauce and 26th Annual SRAM Tour of the Gila.
Commenting on their most recent performances, the stalwarts were most complimentary of their Teammates. Keough, a native of Sandwich, Massachusetts, said, “The guys really put forth a great effort. Everybody just lays it on the line every time we get out there and when the guys put you in a position to deliver, it’s your job to do just that. Of course (like everyone else), we want to win, but taking second in Stage 2 is really good and I’m glad we’re on the podium.” Sutherland spoke about his finish, stating, “A group of seven lapped the field and fortunately, I was in it. The guys put me in a good spot and I had to try and mix it up in a field sprint (not exactly my forte) but was able to do enough to get second for us.”
Team Director, Gus Carrillo, said, “Jake did a good job getting over the Cat 3 climb that topped out 25km from the finish. Climbing at 8,000 feet is no easy task. Overall, the guys did a great job reeling in a break of two containing a dangerous climber from Iran and another Colombian from EPM-UNE that had about a minute over the top.”
“We now head to the higher elevations for the next couple of days and we’re ready to go.” Carrrillo concluded.
Robert Förster Leads Eight-Man Squad into the Tour of Austria
One of the fastest sprinters in the sport, Robert Förster (GER) is another in the list of unselfish riders that are define the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team. Förster will put his veteran leadership and experience to use as he helps lead an eight-man roster into the Tour of Austria this weekend. Taking the start line with the lightning fast sprinter from Germany are Ben Day (AUS), Philip Deignan (IRE), Marc de Maar (CUR), Chris Jones (USA), Jason McCartney (USA), Kai Reus (NED), and Boy van Poppel (NED).
Team UnitedHealthcare Roster for Tour of Qinghai Lake (June 29 – July 11)
Jake Keough (USA)
Davide Frattini (ITA)
Adrian Hegyvary (USA)
Jeff Louder (USA)
Karl Menzies (AUS)
Jay Thomson (RSA)
Brad White (USA)
Team UnitedHealthcare Roster for Tour of Austria (July 1-8)
Robert Förster (GER)
Ben Day (AUS)
Philip Deignan (IRE)
Marc de Maar (CUR)
Chris Jones (USA)
Jason McCartney (USA)
Kai Reus (NED)
Boy van Poppel (NED)
Team UnitedHealthcare Roster for Manhattan Beach Grand Prix (July 8)
Hilton Clarke (AUS)
Jonny Clarke (AUS)
Rory Sutherland (AUS)
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Photos: (1) Jake Keough on Podium at Tour of Qinghai Lake courtesy Team Photo. (2) Rory Sutherland photo courtesy Jonathan Devich (epicimages.us). (3) Robert Förster photo courtesy of Daniel Carruthers.