The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team came away from Le Tour de Langkawi with the Team General Classification win, and a second place overall for Daniel Jaramillo after eight days of tough racing through Malaysia. Working strongly and cohesively together, the team defended the position of Jaramillo over the last three days of racing to ensure the Colombian rider maintained his position on the podium.
A short final stage leading into the city of Melaka was the scene for some fierce racing, as the peloton split on multiple occasions. With time bonuses awarded at the intermediate sprint points, Jaramillo could not afford to concede even one second to third place rider and fellow Colombian Miguel Lopez. The team rode at the front of the pack for the majority of the day to protect their GC rider, and succeeded to taking him across the line ahead of Lopez.
In a final sprint that was controlled by the Astana team, John Murphy moved through the pack to take sixth place on the stage. Jaramillo, Jonny Clarke and Jani Brajkovic came in just behind the lead group, helping to defend UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling’s lead in the Team General Classification. The squad rode beyond all expectations to beat many WorldTour teams in claiming their win, reinforcing the strength they are carrying into the 2016 season.
Hendrick Redant accepted the trophy for Team General Classification win alongside the six riders of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team. The Sporting Director was full of praise for his riders, “An awesome effort by everyone. We had an amazing week here in Malaysia, and came away with a stage win, as well as the Team Classification prize. I’m really happy with the team.”
Alongside the victories, the riders of the UnitedHealthcare Team were also awarded the Most Aggressive Rider prize twice during the race, showing the fortitude and tenacity with which the team tackled the entire event.
The squad now travels on to The Tour de Taiwan, where Mike Tamayo will resume Sporting Director duties for the five-stage UCI 2.1 race that starts in Taipei on Sunday March 6th.