The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team has announced its official roster for the 2013 Amgen Tour of California. Among the eight riders scheduled to compete for the Team in the annual race through the Golden State are Philip Deignan (IRL), Lucas Euser (USA), Chris Jones (USA), Jake Keough (USA), Marc de Maar (CUR), Jeff Louder (USA), Aldo Ino Ilesic (SLO), and John Murphy (USA).
Photo: Team Together in Phoenix, Arizona
The U.S. based Pro Continental unit heads into the eight-day, 730-mile race that beings on Sunday, May 12, in Escondido, on the heels of a tremendously successful six-week block of racing in America. During this recent stretch, the UnitedHealthcare Blue Train has compiled an impressive 17-straight podium appearance streak in the U.S., including podium-placing results in all five stages of last week’s Silver City’s Tour of the Gila as well as USA CRITS Speedweek.
The versatility and depth of the 2013 squad is evidenced by the fact 10 different riders have produced a Top 3 result in the U.S., including one general classification (GC) win (Phil Deignan – Tour of the Gila) and two Team overall wins (Team GC at Tour of the Gila and Team overall and top three spots on the final podium for Speedweek).
Photo: Team on Silver City’s Tour of the Gila Podium Celebrating Team GC Win
The boys hope to carry the momentum generated during this recent stretch, right into California, where they will once again go head-to-head with the best the sport has to offer.
When asked about the Team’s return to the eight-day trek across California’s scenic roadways, coastlines and iconic settings, General Manager and Team Director, Mike Tamayo, said, “Racing in the Amgen Tour of California is always special. The organizers do a great job putting together a world-class race and we are honored to be competing in it again this year.”
Tamayo continued, “Our guys are ready. They are focused and racing well as a Team. The performance at last week’s Tour of the Gila as well as the past couple of months overall is a sign that all of the preparation is timed well. We are excited to get underway in California.”
“Our title sponsor, UnitedHealthcare, and all of our sponsors are extremely supportive of our Team and are very involved with the sport. We are excited to represent them in the best possible way and make this a great experience for all involved,” Tamayo concluded.
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Roster for the 2013 Amgen Tour of California (May 12-19):
Philip Deignan (IRL)
Marc de Maar (CUR)
Jeff Louder (USA)
Chris Jones (USA)
Jake Keough (USA)
Lucas Euser (USA)
John Murphy (USA)
Aldo Ino Ilesic (SLO)
Photos: Jonathan Devich, epicimages.us