In continuing its preparation toward its first season as a Pro Continental squad, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team officially announced today that it has named Eric Greene as its U.S. Team Director and Vittorio Algeri as its European Team Director. Both individuals will report to Mike Tamayo, the Team’s General Manager and Directeur Sportiff.
When asked about the decision to tap Algeri and Greene, Tamayo stated, “Our team owners at Momentum Sports Group [Thierry Attias, President and Greg Raifman, CEO] have done an outstanding job putting us in a position to build on MSG’s eight (8) years of successful programs by signing some of cycling’s top riders and assembling an A-list staff. With our expanded international race calendar this year, leadership will become even more critical to our future success.” Tamayo continued, “In this regard, we are confident that Vittorio and Eric are the right individuals to guide our racing efforts both at home in the U.S. and internationally.”
Algeri, who is currently en route from Italy to Spain, will represent the Team at this week’s 2011 Vuelta a Espana Route Presentation as part of his first major task in his new capacity. “I am excited about this opportunity and eager for the season to get underway,” Algeri said. “Europe will challenge us, but this is a great team to work with and I expect this year to be most successful.”
Greene will face his first test on the road later this month in Malaysia as he directs the Team’s six-man roster, which is headed to the 16th Annual Tour de Langkawi. “I have enjoyed working with MSG for the past five (5) years and I am honored to serve as the U.S. Team Director of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team,” he said. “Mike has a great racing vision for us and Vittorio and I are looking forward to executing against that vision this season.”
Enthusiastic about the direction his team is headed, MSG President Thierry Attias, said of the Team’s two newest appointments, “Our 2011 race calendar covers four continents and we have put many of the elements in place to give us the best chance to be successful. Combined with the strength, depth and capacity this team possesses, we firmly expect Vittorio and Eric will work with Mike to ensure we are very competitive in Europe and victorious domestically.”