UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team rider Marc de Maar (CUR) nearly scored his second stage win in three days at the 2012 Tour of Britain, as the national champion representing Curacao finished 2nd earlier today in Stage 7 of the prestigious Tour that has crisscrossed the UK throughout the past week. De Maar, who won Stage 5 in convincing fashion thanks to a calculated move in which the affable Dutchman soloed to victory, found himself just off the top spot on the podium today as Pablo Urtasan (SPA) of Euskaltel-Euskadi edged him out for the victory after a 172.9km trek from Barnstaple to Dartmouth. Liquigas-Canondale’s Ivan Basso (ITA) finished in third place.
Seven stages into the 2012 Tour of Britain, Team UnitedHealthcare is a perfect “seven-for-seven” when it comes to producing podium-placing results. And with one stage remaining, the boys from the U.S. based Pro Continental outfit have unquestionably put an exclamation on what has been nothing short of an exciting and extremely productive two-month stretch of racing.
Beginning in early August with the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and extending through the month with the Tour of Portugal and USA Pro Challenge, the band of brothers racing together in the blue and white of their title sponsor, have continued their impressive stretch of results against the best the sport has to offer.
Team Director, Hendrik Redant, said, “Simply put – WOW! How much more can you say about the effort this group of guys continues to put in? Every single member of this Team contributes and gives up everything they’ve got to do what’s necessary to help one of their Teammates get on that podium. Boy van Poppel, Marc de Maar, Chris Jones, Jonny Clarke, Robert Förster, and Kai Reus have been nothing short of outstanding this week. This has been a full Team effort and the results have been fantastic. One stage to go and we’re looking forward to going after it one more time.”
THOMPSON BUCKS COUNTY CLASSIC – BEN DAY TAKES 4TH PLACE
Eastern Pennsylvania played host to the inaugural Thompson Bucks County Classic and the 103-mile road race from New Hope to Doylestown put together by Race Director and Bucks County native, John Eustice, did not disappoint.
Team UnitedHealthcare’s Ben Day (AUS) grabbed 4th place on the day as his Team rode well. The race was marked by attacks all day, but Day was able to get in the break that got away. Day attacked the group of six with 1km to go before being reeled in by the escapees as they fought their way to the line and was able to finish in 4th place, just off the podium.
TOUR OF BRITAIN COMES TO A CLOSE
Back in the UK, the boys are resting in preparation for the final stage of the 2012 Tour of Britain.
Heading into the last day, Team UnitedHealthcare sits in 2nd place in the Team Classification, Boy van Poppel still remains atop the Chain Reaction Cycles Points Classification, and Chris Jones and van Poppel are in 5th and 8th place respectively in the General Classification.
The Tour concludes tomorrow, Sunday, September 16, with the eighth and final stage, the Reigate to Guildford stretch. The Tour of Britain is now the UK’s biggest professional bike race and the country’s largest free-to-watch sporting event. The Stage 8 finish tomorrow will cap off an excellent week of pro bike racing in the UK and as the ninth edition of the Tour draws to a close, the massive crowds should expect another fantastic finish.
TEAM UNITEDHEALTHCARE ROSTER FOR THE 2012 TOUR OF BRITAIN (September 9-16, 2012):
- Boy van Poppel (NED)
- Robert Förster (GER)
- Jonny Clarke (AUS)
- Kai Reus (NED)
- Chris Jones (USA)
- Marc de Maar (CUR)
- Team Director: Hendrik Redant (BEL)