UnitedHealthcare's Brad White Wins Wilmington Grand Prix
Brad White made it three victories in three years at the Wilmington Grand Prix on Saturday, as the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team rider soloed to the line in the pouring rain. White credited his tires and plenty of hours of foul weather training as critical factors in the win. White talked about the victory after a standout performance, "I couldn't be more excited to take my third win in a row at the Wilmington Grand Prix. It's a great race with a good atmosphere and hard course."
The race started in the sunshine, but the weather turned about 10 minutes into the action. Soon, the wind was blowing and the rain began. The treacherous conditions reduced the front group to just 20 riders. The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team moved to the front of the pack to protect White, and picked up the pace in the process. White took this opportunity to attack, taking four riders with him. The break established itself, and with teammates covering every move behind him, White was able to focus on working towards the win.
White explains the finale, "With two laps to go I attacked the breakaway group and took the corners as aggressively as I could. I got a gap and held it to the line for the win."
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Leads Team GC, Daniel Eaton 5th Overall, Murphy 10th on Amgen Tour of California Opener
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team kicked off the Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, covering 175 kilometers with over 2100 meters of climbing. Beginning in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Diego, the race went straight through downtown and past the harbor, where Daniel Eaton raced his way into the breakaway of the day. At the first sprint point at Imperial Beach, Eaton took 2nd place. From here the breakaway’s advantage began to swell as the route pitched up for the first climb of the race in the hills of East County. Honey Springs road was the setting for the first king of the mountain competition this year, where Eaton rode into 4th place before the race pointed downhill for a fast finish by the ocean. In the second and final intermediate sprint at Navajo Road, Eaton arrived across the line third.
With Eaton in the breakaway all day, the rest of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team was able to conserve energy and prepare for the high-speed finale. The team rallied around sprinter John Murphy as the race returned to the wide, flat streets of Mission Bay. Murphy came across the line 10th, with teammates Tanner Putt and Marco Canola in 14th and 17th, respectively. With three riders in the top 20 on the stage, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team took the lead in the team general classification after stage 1. Eaton’s hard effort in the breakaway earned 5th in the general classification, 4th in the king of the mountains classification, and 2nd in the best young rider category— a great result for the young American.
General Manager and Sporting Director Mike Tamayo commented, “The guys executed our plan to a T, it was a great first day with seven more stages to come. We’re looking forward to more opportunities in the coming days.”