13 Riders Set to Return to UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team in 2013

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Jake Keough, Marc de Maar, Hilton Clarke, Robert Förster, Jeff Louder, and Ben Day, Lead Group of 13 Riders Set to Return to UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team in 2013

Oakland, CA – The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team announced today, Tuesday, November 20, 2012, that 13 riders from last season will return to race with the Team next year, bringing the total number of riders for the Blue Train’s 2013 campaign to 21 athletes.

The returning members include a veritable who’s who of standout riders with the ability to consistently deliver podium-placing results. Jake Keough (USA), Hilton Clarke (AUS), Robert Förster, Marc de Maar (CUR), and Jeff Louder (USA), were often seen taking their turn on one of the top three steps or winning special classification jersey honors on the post-race podium throughout 2012. The eight men who helped deliver their highly decorated teammates’ success, round out the list of returning riders and include Ben Day (AUS), Jonny Clarke (AUS), Brad White (USA), Chris Jones (USA), Philip Deignan (IRE), Karl Menzies (AUS), Davide Frattini (ITA), and Adrian Hegyvary (USA).

One day after announcing the new additions to the 2013 roster, General Manager and Team Director, Mike Tamayo, offered his perspective on each of his returning charges, stating, “We are very happy to have 13 outstanding riders return to the Team for this upcoming season. These guys have proven through the years how valuable they are and combined with the eight new guys joining us, we are confident these 21 individuals will quickly come together to race most effectively as one unit. We are looking forward to a great season ahead and having a solid group of strong professionals and high character guys like the ones who are returning along with our newest additions, I believe the sky is the limit for where we can go in 2013.”

Commenting on his 13 veterans, Tamayo had the following to say:

HILTON CLARKE (AUS)

“2012 was a great year for us with Hilton, with countless wins and podiums. Winning the NCC individual title was huge. Hilton is our criterium specialist and a leader in the discipline.” – Mike Tamayo

MARC DE MAAR (CUR)

“If anyone knows how to seize an opportunity, it is Marc de Maar and Marc showed us that this year with his stage wins and overall performance. He is even more focused going into this season and should prove to be an even bigger factor in 2013.” – Mike Tamayo

JAKE KEOUGH (USA)
“We saw Jake go head-to-head with the best in the world in the beginning and throughout all of last season and he got on the podium. Jake’s growth has been tremendous and he is one of the best sprinters in the sport right now. He is hungry for the top step on the podium and a hungry, motivated Jake is bad news for other teams!” – Mike Tamayo

JONNY CLARKE (AUS)

“This past season, Jonny showed a huge transformation in his ability as a rider. He worked hard over the winter to transform into a more all around rider and has developed into a good climber, too. Jonny proved that during some of the hardest tours in 2012.” – Mike Tamayo

PHIL DIEGNAN (IRE)

“Phil is coming off a season of bad luck and health and the reset button has been pushed. The Team has full confidence that Phil can get back to his top 10 Grand Tour form. Phil is going to be someone to look out for in the big mountains.” – Mike Tamayo

JEFF LOUDER (USA)

“A thinker and a planner on the bike. Jeff is always looking at situations and trying to better them for us during the race. He can sniff out an opportunistic moment for himself, or put the team in a position to capitalize on it. Always a pro, it’s good to have Jeff back again.” – Mike Tamayo

BEN DAY (USA)

“Ben has always been a Diesel and a rider you can count on. We are hoping to see good things from him in the Time Trials.” – Mike Tamayo

CHRIS JONES (USA)

“If there is a rider that always seems to be there it is Chris Jones. Chris is as tough as they come. He is dependable, dynamic and selfless. Whether it is in the mountains, the narrow roads in Italy, or the cobbles in Belgium, Chris delivers for this Team.” – Mike Tamayo

BRAD WHITE (USA)

“Sacrificial and selfless, you can always count on Brad to be part of a lead out, chase down a breakaway, or spend all day in a move. His Teammates will all say the same thing about the 3rd place finisher at this year’s USA Pro Criterium Championship, and that is, “Brad is solid and always there.” – Mike Tamayo

ADRIAN HEGYVARY (USA)

“Adrian ended his season with a broken collarbone and a bit of bad luck. Re-energized to have a good 2013, Adrian is a rider we can always count on to sacrifice for the Team goal and be there when it counts.” – Mike Tamayo

KARL MENZIES (AUS)

“Every sprinter says the same thing, “Put Karl in front of me and I will win the race!” Karl’s ability to hold such high speed at the end of a race has been instrumental to so many victories for Team UnitedHealthcare.” – Mike Tamayo

DAVIDE FRATTINI (ITA)
“Davide is a rider you can just count on, period. He is always in great spirits, has a great attitude, and is just a good all around racer. Put him in a nighttime criterium or a mountain top finish, Davide’s ability to race well in different styles of races makes him a tremendous asset to this team.” – Mike Tamayo

Robert Förster (GER)

“A leader in his own right, a champion’s attitude, and the ability to make things happen. What Robert brings to the team is wins through himself and his teammates. Robert is a great rider and fantastic mentor. Our young sprinters are fortunate to have a guy like Robert pushing them.” – Mike Tamayo

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The 2013 UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Roster:

Jake Keough (USA)

Hilton Clarke (AUS)

Robert Förster (GER)

Marc de Maar (CUR)

Jeff Louder (USA)

Ben Day (AUS)

Jonny Clarke (AUS)

Brad White (USA)

Chris Jones (USA)

Philip Deignan (IRE)

Karl Menzies (AUS)

Davide Frattini (ITA)

Adrian Hegyvary (USA)

Lucas Euser (USA)

Alessandro Bazzana (ITA)

Luke Keough (USA)

Aldo Ilesic (SLO)

Kiel Reijnen (USA)

Martin Irvine (IRE)

Danny Summerhill (USA)

John Murphy (USA)

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