The UnitedHealthcare Team will kick off its 2012 season on Monday, January 23 in Argentina at the Tour de San Luis. The sixth edition of the race features what appears to be the strongest field the race has attracted in its slightly more than a half-decade history. Team UnitedHealthcare will face off against five Pro Tour and five Pro Continental teams in the UCI 2.1-rated race. Set against a backdrop of the Andes Mountains, the Tours seven stages will cover 1051km from January 23 29.
The eight riders racing for the US-based Pro Continental squad include sprinting sensations Robert Frster and Jake Keough, Ben Day, Adrian Hegyvary, Jeff Louder, Jason McCartney, Jay Thomson, and Team captain Jonny Clarke.
General Manager and Director, Mike Tamayo, said, This is our first test of the year and we are excited to get back to racing, especially against the quality field here at the Tour de San Luis. We had some success here last year and were looking forward to assessing where we are this early in the season and where we can go in 2012.
Stage One of the 2012 Tour de San Luis starts on Monday, January 23 with an 189.3km stage from San Luis to Villa Mercedes. In a day that should favor the sprinters, the stage features only one KOM, which the riders will face early (at 41.3km) into the stage, and culminates in a 1.5km flat straightaway sprint.
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team roster for the 2012 Tour de San Luis: