As an encore performance to his second place finish yesterday in the Tour de Langkawis 7th Stage, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Teams Robert Frster took first place in the Tours 8th Stage and delivered his team its first stage win of the season and third podium overall.
After more than 156km of rain-soaked aggressive racing from Kuala Pilah to Jasin, it took a photo-finish review to Frster the winner, narrowly edging out friend and competitor Andre Schulze (CCC Polstat Polkowice).
“Its always good to win, especially on a day like today,” said Frster. “This was a good victory for us as a Team, and it took everyone involved to help get us our first stage win of the season.”
Stage 8 saw the UnitedHealthcare team work effectively as a unit. The Stage was filled with an assortment of battles throughout the day and Frster flatted early but Teammates Chris Jones and Max Jenkins helped him back into the bunch. Karl Menzies kept the team close all day skipping turns off the front, and in the final two kilometers of the race, the team came together, caught the break and rolled right past it.
Director Eric Greene was pleased with his squads work. Greene said, “This was a great Team effort today. Hilton Clarke did a fantastic job navigating and Boy Van Poppel took over through the last turn to bring Robert through for his long sprint finish. Robert did a tremendous job holding off Schulze, who was close at the line. It was too close to call over race radio and after reviewing the photo finish, the race organizer informed us Robert won.”
Weather has played a major factor throughout the Tour de Langkawi, and the forecast ahead is predicting more of the same for the final stages of the pelotons trek across Malaysia.
“This is the first time were racing without radios and that makes it a little tricky, so the guys are keyed in on each other, communicating well and racing really hard,” Greene continued. “Most of these guys didnt know each other 10 days ago. Yesterdays result helped them gel as a unit and todays confirmed how quickly they are getting a feel for each other and what needs to be done to deliver wins.”