Crevalcore, Italy – Rory Sutherland powered his way to the podium earlier today with his 3rd place finish in today’s Stage 4 time trial at the Settimana di Coppi e Bartali. Finishing just nine seconds behind winner Adriano Malori (Lampre-ISD), Sutherland’s performance this afternoon topped his 6th place finish yesterday and vaulted him from 12th to 5th place overall in the general classification. His podium appearance was his first of the season and the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team’s sixth overall.
Teammate Robert Förster finished in the top 10 today as well. Förster’s 9th place effort marked the sprinter’s third top 10 finish in the first four stages of Coppi e Bartali. Förster also finished 7th in Stage 1a and 7th in Stage 2. Clearly a force to be reckoned with this year, the German speedster has consistently landed in the top 10 of almost every race for the Blue Train this season and has stood on the podium several times for the Team.
On his performance today, Sutherland stated, “Warming up this morning, I felt really good and I was fortunate enough to carry that momentum throughout the time trial. Today was a great day for our Team. It was my turn to deliver for the guys and I am glad I was able to do just that.”
There is no denying Teamwork is a dominant theme for the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team. General Manager and Directeur Sportif Mike Tamayo, said, “This was another great day of racing for us today. Rory had a great time trial and Robert was right there as well. This entire Team races hard for one other. These guys are determined to get on the podium and we are proud of the way they are racing.”
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team roster for the 2011 Coppi e Bartali:
Robert Foerster (GER)
Davide Frattini (ITA)
Max Jenkins (USA)
Chris Jones (USA)
Christian Meier (CAN)
Rory Sutherland (AUS)
Charly Wegelius (GBR)
Brad White (USA)
Photos: Mike Tamayo, Bettini