The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team officially announced today that it has named Hendrik Redant to the position of European Team Director. Redant will join Team UnitedHealthcare’s US Team Director, Eric Greene, and General Manager and Directeur Sportif, Mike Tamayo, in Colorado at the upcoming USA Pro Cycling Challenge, August 22-28.
Commenting on the decision to tap Redant to the Team’s European Team Director post, Tamayo stated, “We are pleased to have Hendrik join the Team. We are confident he is going to be a great asset and addition to our solid group of staff, riders and management team. His knowledge of and experience in the sport combined with his strong relationships in Europe will help this organization continue to grow in the right direction.”
Tamayo continued, “Our team owners at Momentum Sports Group [Thierry Attias, President and Greg Raifman, CEO] continue to do an outstanding job making sure we are in a position to build on nearly a full decade of success by assembling an A-list staff. Adding Hendrik to this equation falls in line with that mode of thinking and plan for success.”
Redant, who won 51 races as a professional during his career, has been in cycling for more than 30 years, including 10 years as a pro (1987-1997) with several international teams such as Lotto, Robland-Isoglass, ZG-Mobili, Collstrop, TVM and more. Throughout the past 14 years, the legendary Belgian cyclist directed teams such as Lotto-Domo, Davitamon-Lotto, Predictor-Lotto, Silence-Lotto, and Omega Pharma-Lotto. Under his leadership, reigning Le Tour de France champion, Cadel Evans, placed 8th, 5th and 2nd (twice) in the Tour de France. And for the past two years, Redant also coached the current Belgian champion and the strongest one-day rider in international cycling at the moment, Phillippe Gilbert.
Redant said of his appointment, “I am excited about this opportunity and eager to get going with Team UnitedHealthcare. Mike (Tamayo) is an outstanding General Manager and Directeur Sportif and has a great vision for this Team. It is an honor to be part of this group now and I cannot wait to work with the staff, riders and sponsors.”
Redant continued, “One of the things that attracted me to Team UnitedHealthcare is that everybody on this Team believes in one another and fights hard for one another. That’s something I want to be a part of and contribute to. These guys have shown all year long they stay together as a group and are focused on achieving one goal together. In my conversations with Mike and several members of the organization, that mindset and attitude are part of an overall philosophy and focus that rings true throughout this organization.”
“When it comes to racing, UnitedHealthcare has done a great job winning a lot of races and getting on the podium. They truly race as one unit. There are a lot of races in Europe where this Team can excel, show results, further develop its talent, and produce top riders in the sport overall. I see a tremendous future with this Team and I’m looking forward to making it in Europe what it is in America,” Redant concluded.