Reus Makes It Three Stage Wins For UHC at Volta a Portugal

Posted on 23. Aug, 2012 by in race, releases

Kai Reus - photo c Jonathan Devich, epicimages.us

Kai Reus - photo c Jonathan Devich, epicimages.us

Kai Reus of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team outsprinted his breakmates to win a third stage for the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team at the Volta a Portugal earlier today. Teammates Jay Thomson and Jason McCartney soloed to victory in stage 1 and stage 6 respectively at the 10-stage race earlier this week.

“It was very hard. The last 30 km, there were to guys at the front and I was thinking about them, it’s not my day here but then in the final, I saw the guys and I take the gap with the other group and then I ride to the three guys and then, last k[ilometer], I ride for the win.” Reus said.

Célio Sousa (Onda) was second and Jean Marino (Saur/Sojasun) third. Hugo Sabido (LA Aluminium / Antarte) finished in the main group and remains in the yellow jersey.

Team Director, Hendrik Redant, said of Reus’ big win this afternoon, “This was another perfect execution by the guys! Our plan (which we discussed in our pre-race meeting) was to go and look for breaks in the first hour of the race. And once again, our boys did a really good job covering all of the attempts.”

“After one hour of racing, 14 riders got away. In that break we had Davide Frattini (ITA) and Kai. None of the riders in the break created any danger for the yellow jersey, as they were all four minutes or so down in general. The gap grew to about six minutes, as the team in the lead of the race decided to control this break from a distance. Then about 55km from the finish, Kai attacked. Another group of three riders countered close to the finish, gaining 28 seconds on Kai, but thanks to an incredible effort, he got back into the lead with 2km to go, and powered his way to victory!”

“This has been an amazing week for our UnitedHealthcare Team in Portugal! We are very pleased with the effort and the results.” Redant concluded.

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