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BOULDER, Colo. (VN) — Rory Sutherland is set to lead his UnitedHealthcare squad into the Amgen Tour of California on Sunday May 15. The team on Friday announced its roster for the weeklong stage race that begins in South Lake Tahoe in a little over a week.
“We are ready,” said team manager Mike Tamayo. “Our climbing team came together last month at the Vuelta a Asturias. Rory Sutherland and Charly Wegelius have been on the podium for us a few times and Robert Förster has won a couple of stages so far this year.”
Sutherland finished seventh overall at the Amgen Tour in 2010 and ran second to Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) in the queen stage to Big Bear Lake. His team upgraded to Pro Continental status in the offseason to boost its roster and spend more time internationally preparing for Sutherland’s run at the general classification.
UnitedHealthcare will take the start with a roster built as equally for protecting Sutherland in the mountains as delivering Förster to the line for the possible sprint finishes in stages 2 and 3. Karl Menzies and Andrew Pinfold will anchor the sprint squad, while all-rounders Christian Meier and Brad White should be there for the team in the intermediate mountains. Sutherland’s top lieutenant, Wegelius, and Chris Jones should support him in the hills.
“Our speed team is doing very well right now in the USA Crits Speed Week,” said Tamayo. “Overall, the miles the guys put in while racing in Europe are paying off and we are pleased with the way they have come together as a unit. This team is ready, and we can’t wait for the Amgen Tour of California to get underway.”
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team for the Amgen Tour of California: Robert Förster (GER), Chris Jones (USA), Christian Meier (CAN), Karl Menzies (AUS), Andrew Pinfold (CAN), Rory Sutherland (AUS), Charly Wegelius (GBR), Brad White (USA)