Team splits for the month of August, with half racing in Colorado and Utah, and the other half in Denmark and Norway
After a couple weeks’ rest, Holowesko|Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources is gearing up for a busy month of racing in August. Half of the team will compete in the Tour of Utah and Colorado Classic, while the other six guys will race in the Tour of Denmark, KOGA Slag am Norg, and the Arctic Race of Norway.
On tap for Denmark and Norway is Brendan Rhim, who’s coming off a recent win at BC Superweek’s Tour de White Rock road race. Also on the squad are John Murphy, Fabian Lienhard, and Nicolai Brøchner, who all saw success in stage wins and top places when the team raced in France earlier in the season. Miguel Bryon and Andzs Flaksis round out the team, bringing their years of experience and skill in navigating European roads. Chief sports director Thomas Craven will lead the team in Europe.
We’re super excited to have our team racing amongst some of the best in the world in Europe,” says George Hincapie, General Manager. “We are taking our first ASO bite very seriously and hope it’s just the start of many to come.
Back in the U.S., the rest of the team will be battling altitude and mountain roads for wins in Utah and Colorado, two of the most challenging stage races in America. Last year the team had several stage wins in both races (including Murphy’s Stage 4 win at Tour of Utah, shown in the above photo), and they hope to repeat their success again this year. On the squad are Utah native and fan favorite TJ Eisenhart, as well as Colombians Brayan Sanchez and Bryan Gomez, who will put their climbing skills to the test. Also racing will be Ruben Companioni, Andrei Krasilnikau, Andrew Dahlheim, and Joe Lewis.
Says Performance Director Bobby Julich, who will be leading the team in the U.S., “The Tour of Utah and the Colorado Classic are races that we have done well in previously and we are looking forward to performing well again. The courses are very demanding this year, but we’re excited to see what our boys can do against some of the World Tour riders who are participating. I grew up racing in Colorado and Utah, so I’m excited to be in the car for these great events.”