Monday Blues: Green Goes Blue...

authors' photo from Tour of California 2012

As announced last week, Irish track standout (and not shabby on the road) Martyn Irvine, will be donning blue as a member of the United Healthcare team for 2013. The UHC squad is adding a number of new riders to their roster, and the already strong team should bring even more depth and diversity to their road campaign next year. 2012 was a successful year for the team with wins, and placings, coming across Europe and America. Among those wins were the National Criterium Championship (Hilton Clarke) as well as Team Champion at the same race, stage 5 of the Tour of Britain (Marc de Maar), stage 6 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge (Rory Sutherland), stage 1 (Jay Thomson), stage 6 (Jason McCartney), and stage 7 (Kai Reus) of the Tour of Portugal, stage 1 (Rory Sutherland) and stage 4 (Jake Keough) at the Tour of Utah, the Boise Twilight Criterium (Hilton Clarke), overall GC (Rory Sutherland) and team GC at the Tour de Beauce, the Air Force Cycling Classic Crystal City Cup (Jake Keough), Air Force Cycling Classic Clarendon Cup (Robert Forster), Spartenburg Regional Classic (Jake Keough), Tour of the Gila, overall GC and stage 1 (Rory Sutherland),  Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium (Hilton Clarke), and the Cigar City Brewing Company Criterium (Hilton Clarke). In addition, the team's riders managed podium finishes at such prestigious European races as the Three Days of De Panne, Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, and Nokere - Koerse. With thirteen returning racers - Hilton Clarke, Marc de Maar, Jake Keough, Jonny Clarke, Phil Diegnan, Jeff Louder, Ben Day, Chris Jones, Brad White, Adrian Hegyvary, Karl Menzies, Davide Frattini, and Robert Forster, plus eight new additions - Irvine, Lucas Euser, Alessandro Bazzana, Aldo Ilesic, Kiel Riejnen, Danny Summerhill, Luke Keough, and John Murphy, the United Healthcare team looks likely to continue and add to their list of results throughout the year.

Lorraine O'Sullivan photo via An Post on Flickr