The UnitedHealthcare team today announced two new signings for the 2018 season, Colorado Classic runner-up Serghei Tvetcov and former US road champion Eric Marcotte, and the renewal of American Gavin Mannion.
The 28-year-old Tvetkov came back to the Contintal ranks with Jelly Belly this season after two years in Europe with Androni Giocattoli, and quickly re-found success, taking second in the Tour of the Gila, third in the Tour of Utah and second at the Colorado Classic behind BMC's Manuel Senni. With UnitedHealthcare, Tvetcov will be supported in his goals of reaching the top step in a major US stage race.
"This move is a huge step up in my career," Tvetkov said. "My goal is to peak in May and after that focus on the Utah and Colorado races, in which I have been very close to the overall win. For now, I look forward to meeting my new team."
Former US road and criterium champion Marcotte, 37, leaves the Cylance team and will be reunited with former teammate Travis McCabe.
"I'm so excited about this," Marcotte said. "Travis is like my brother. We are really close. It's been great to be a part of his success in the beginning and see him continue to progress. Now we cross paths again, and I hope to contribute to more of the same kind of successes."
Mannion, second in the Tour of Utah behind overall winner Rob Britton (Rally Cycling), joins most of the 2017 team in returning, including Janier Acevedo, Carlos Alzate, road captain Jonny Clarke, Daniel Jaramillo and Luke Keough. Only the now-retired Greg Henderson and 38-year-old Chris Jones are missing from the provisional 2018 roster.
"The two new additions for 2018 bolster our already strong roster," sports director Seba Alexandre said. "We see the addition of Tvetcov as a great way to strengthen our GC chances, where we have already seen some big results in 2017. The addition of Marcotte helps our sprinting and one-day race strength. Our returning roster is strong, and we are excited to see where our growth will take us in 2018."
UnitedHealthcare for 2018 (provisional)