Eloy Teruel Leads Team Jamis - Hagens Berman in San Luis St. 5 Time Trial
UPDATEAfter getting the season off to a strong start at the Tour de San Luis, earlier in January, the Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home Pro Cycling Team will continue honing their early season form in South America, ahead of the coming season contesting the NRC, NCC, and UCI Calendars in North America. Next up for the team, will be the Vuelta Mendoza, starting on the 14th of February with a twilight Prologue in Parque Civico, Argentina. The next 9 days will be feature stages presenting opportunities for the Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home Pro Cycling Team to really shine. Along with a handful of sprint finishes, where the team will be looking to set up JJ Haedo for the final bunch kick, there are several other stages which could present opportunities for Guido Palma, and Demis Aleman. The race concludes after 10 days, on the 23rd of February, with a circuit race in Maipu, Argentina. Following the Tour de San Luis, the Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home Pro Cycling Team conducted a brief training camp, allowing the riders from the northern hemisphere to get in some good training in the temperate Argentina summer weather, before their return home. With only a few riders still in Argentina, Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home will send a slightly smaller, but very powerful team to the Vuelta Mendoza, looking to be opportunistic, and contesting the field sprints. Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home Vuelta Mendoza Roster: Demis Aleman, Guido Palma, JJ Haedo Vuelta Mendoza: 13-23 February In the 5th Stage of the Tour de San Luis, Eloy Teruel lead the Jamis - Hagens Berman Team home with a strong 9th place finish, coming in just 63 seconds slower than Adriano Malori (Movistar). Eloy covered the 19 kilometer course in 23 minutes, and 14 seconds. During the first four stages of the race, the Jamis - Hagens Berman Team has worked hard to fight for the overall, with Rob Squire riding inside the Top-20 on both of the uphill finishes that have so far defined the General Classification. Several of the riders on the team have been fighting to stay in the race, as a stomach illness has been going around the field in Argentina.
Today the team enjoyed a reversal of those fortunes, and placing Eloy in the Top-10 amongst a stacked field bodes well for the remainder of the race, and Eloy's first year with the Jamis - Hagens Berman Team. After the race, Eloy was quick to remind the media that it is only January - that the season is long, but today's result shows that he is on track, and that the hard work he has put in so far this winter is starting to pay off. "This was my first race on the new Jamis TT bike," explained Eloy. "I feel very comfortable on the bike, and today I had a good day, with good feelings in the legs. I hope to continue strong for the rest of the stages." The race continues with a new leader, as Nairo Quintana takes over the General Classification from Phil Gaimon, who has lead the race since Stage 1. Saturday the field will tackle the race's Queen Stage, featuring another challenging summit finish, and the race concludes Sunday in Terrazas del Portezuelo.
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