American Pro Continental squad UnitedHealthcare-Maxxis announced Thursday that it will open the 2011 season in Argentina at the Tour de San Luis January 18-24. Rory Sutherland will lead a roster of nearly all new arrivals in the South American tour.
UHC for Tour de San Luis UCI 2.1
“The organizers of the Tour de San Luis have put together a great event and we are eager to compete in it next month,” team manager Mike Tamayo said in a release. “Argentina also offers three of the key elements that make a race of this magnitude so great — great weather, great country and great racing.”
Joining Sutherland in the southern Hemisphere will be returning sprinter Andrew Pinfold and new arrivals Davide Frattini, Christian Meier, Charly Wegelius and Scott Zwizanski.
Zwizanski, who joined UHC from Kelly Benefit Strategies in the offseason, has had success in South America, winning the overall at the Vuelta Ciclista al Uruguay in 2009.
“The way you start the season in January sets the tone for the year and this seven-day stage race will provide us with a good gauge of where we are at this point,” said Tamayo. “San Luis has a great time trial that will test Scott Zwizanski’s early season time trialing and the race overall will be a good test for all of our guys.”