UnitedHealthcare’s Blue Train employed their legendary teamwork to help Kiel Reijnen win his second straight Philadelphia Cycling Classic. Team SmartStop’s Jure Kocjan took the second-place spot on the podium. The race was held June 1.
Reijnen’s teammates, including Jonny Clarke, Jeff Louder, Chris Jones, Danny Summerhill and Isaac Bolivar worked throughout the 120-mile race to keep Reijnen in the front group. With just three kilometers left before the finish line, teammates John Murphy and Ken Hanson protected Reijnen until the last of the event’s ten ascents, when Reijnen sprinted to victory in a final push. “My teammates dragged me all the way round the last lap and dropped me off at the bottom of the climb,” Reijnen told cyclingnews.com. “I didn’t know that I had won by such a big gap. I didn’t look back. It’s nice to win on my birthday, but the goal coming into the race was to win for the team.”
The race held additional good news for Maxxis with the men’s sprint award going to Kocjan’s teammate Joshua Berry and Jelly Belly presented by Maxxis rider Jacob Rathe winning the Young Rider award. UHC’s Alison Powers won the women’s sprint and Queen of the Mountain.
Maxxis congratulates Kiel Reijnen on his second consecutive Philadelphia Cycling Classic victory, and thanks all of its riders for their fine performances.