HTC-HIGHROAD'S VAN GARDEREN TAKES HIS FIRST WIN OF 2011 WITH GRETSCH IN THIRD AT TOUR OF UTAH
August 12, 2011
San Luis Obispo, California, 12th August 2011 - HTC-Highroad's Tejay Van Garderen crushed the competition today in the Tour of Utah Stage 3 ITT, finishing ahead of Levi Leipheimer and team mate Patrick Gretsch. Gretsch held the best time for the majority of the race before taking third and the most aggressive rider's jersey.
"Gretsch came out as the twenty fifth to go with 17:43 which was very impressive," says sport director, Allan Peiper, "He held that lead near to the end without much contest."
"Tejay hit the first split with the fastest time and we new he was in the zone, he and Patrick [Gretsch] are both in great form."
"It was great to see Tejay take the win especially ahead of a talent like Leipheimer, and to have two men on the podium was even better."
This marks the forty-eighth win of the season for the HTC-Highroad men's squad the four-hundred and eighty-fifth win for the team since 2008. HTC-Highroad's riders and staff would like to personally congratulate Tejay on his first win of the season, and wish him a happy twenty-third third birthday.
HTC-Highroad for Tour of Utah: Tejay Van Garderen (USA), Caleb Fairly (USA), Patrick Gretsch (Ger), Danny Pate (USA), Hayden Roulston (NZ), Peter Velits (Svk), Zak Dempster* (Aus), Lachlan Norris* (Aus).
* - Trainees