As of Friday, Neilson Powless will be riding his third Tour de France, and even though he hasn’t turned a pedal stroke in anger yet, the EF Education-EasyPost pro already knows one thing he likes about this Kat race: the team kit.
There is a great deal to be done about the cycling team, which is a good measure (in certain circles) and whose Donald Duck kit earlier this month EF Education-EasyPost revealed another striking Tour de France design, aimed at highlighting the links between men’s and women’s cycling.
“I’m digging the new kit, I’ve sent a lot of pictures to friends and families and they’re all pretty big fans because of how much it stands out,” Powered said at his team’s pre-Tour press conference.
“The idea behind it, in terms of how to bring awareness to the women’s Tour is back and celebrating that is a super-awesome thing to do. It’s really cool to take the initiative.
“My sister [Shayna] vice and pro cyclist [with L39ION of Los Angeles – Ed.] and she just got fourth in Nationals which is pretty cool, pretty exciting. I’m hoping one year she can do the women’s Tour [Tour de France Femmes] and she’s hoping for the same. So I feel like I’m super happy to be a part of the team that is taking a step forward trying to transfer some of those eyes into women’s cycling. “
Even before he has made it to the Tour, it has been a good year for Powless, with a fourth in the Tour de Suisse as well in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, two standout results. But his breakthrough was undoubtedly taking the Donostia San Sebastián Klasika, or the Clásica San Sebastian as it was formerly known, last year.
However, after the completion of the Tour de France for a second time in 2021 and breaking into the top 50 in 43rd place overall, the aim is to shoot higher in 2022.
“I’d like to win a stage, that’s probably the highest personal priority, but we’re coming here with Rigo [Urán] again as the main leader, “Powless added.
“In the past few weeks, both Ruben [Guerreiro] and I’ve been getting stronger in the mountains, so hopefully we’ll be there to support and backup for Rigo ‘. And beyond that, I just need to make it through the first week safely. I think that’s what a lot of guys have on their agenda, just getting through Denmark and Roubaix. “
In terms of inspiration, though, Powered by the USA ‘ll be looking at his own results.
Certainly, he told reporters, something he drew strength from himself. And if the EF jersey provided the theory of the potential for oneness between the two sides of the sport, his lengthy description of what she had done and why he mattered so much – given in full below – highlighted that connection in a practical and much deeper way.
“The 25-year-old said about his sibling, three years his senior.
“She continued cycling through college, she went to UCLA [University of California, Los Angeles] for four years. She continued training throughout the whole period but had a pretty tough workload with kinesiology and psychology degrees.
“She was still so passionate about it. brother noted.
“But that’s mainly because I didn’t have the same opportunity as I was when 19, 20 – being able to go straight to Europe and make my living. So it’s a lot of ways, it’s super inspiring to me see what she’s been able to do with her cycling career.
“She’s got her degree and continued cycling the whole time.
Last Sunday in Knoxville, Tennessee, Emma Langley (EF Education-TIBCO-SVB) won the US Pro Road Race Championship for elite women by sprinting ahead of breakaway companion Lauren De Crescenzo (Cinch Rise) in the final 500 meters. Powless almost chased down and caught defending road race champion Lauren Stephens (EF Education-TIBCO-SVB), who finished six seconds in front of Powless for the final spot on the podium.
“And being able to race at that level, being in school and moving around with her fiancé, who’s in the NFL, and she’s also coaching 10 athletes. income, basically just to continue income.
“It’s super-inspiring that it can still be a passion and has made it work.
The here and now in Denmark
Going back to the here and now for Neilson Powless, he admitted that the start in Denmark was going to be a tricky one, but interesting as well. Kicking off with a time trial, he pointed out, he’d give the race some structure, but he warned that he wouldn’t be straightforward all the same.
“It’s still not going to take the hectic fight for a position if there’s a wind and if there’s a technical finish.
“Even this riding around for the last few days, the wind hasn’t felt comfortable, it feels like it’s been swirling around. we’ll get echelons anyway. And that bridge [on stage 2] looks pretty intimidating. “
Powered argued that in any case, the attitude he needed to bring the Tour this year was the same as ever: “throw your hat in the ring, be aggressive, and get yourself into position.”
“Looking at the team brought here I’m pretty confident we can do some damage, don’t just hang around but really initiate something. So hopefully that happens.”