Alex Howes

Cavendish wins opening stage of Tour de France, takes maillot jaune for first time

For the first time in his decorated Tour de France career — a career that has an astonishing 27 stage victories — Mark Cavendish is wearing the maillot jaune of race leader. After a wild opening stage that saw several riders hit the ground, including two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador, Cavendish (Dimension Data) outclassed German Marcel Kittel …

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Americans at the 2016 Tour de France: Who’s racing, and what are their objectives?

It’s been five years since Tyler Farrar stood atop the podium as a stage winner — on the Fourth of July, no less — the last time an American claimed a stage at the Tour de France. The following year, Tejay van Garderen placed fifth overall, and stood on the podium on the Champs-Élysées in the white jersey of …

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How a “crushed” Howes missed the U.S. Olympic team

Bam! In the blink of an eye Alex Howes’ (Cannondale) dream of representing the United States at 2012 London Olympics were shattered along with his collarbone. Four years on, Howes’ Olympic dream was shattered again on Thursday. “Dedicate your life to making the Olympics dream a reality,” Howes told CyclingTips in an email. “Believe, dream, …

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With van Garderen out, what will US men’s Olympic team look like in Rio?

With Thursday’s news that American Tejay van Garderen withdrew his name from consideration for the U.S. Olympic road team due to concerns about the Zika virus, questions immediately were raised about what the composition of the squad might look like. Because of its relatively low nation ranking, the U.S. earned only two spots for the …

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Anatomy of a victory: How Greg Daniel surprised the favorites and won the US national championship

“Immediately after the race, I said I pity the reporter who’s going to try to recreate what happened, because it’s going to be impossible.”  — Robin Carpenter (Holowesko-Citadel), after the 2016 U.S. national road championship On a Saturday in May, on the normally quiet neighborhood roads of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as the birds chirped and …

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21-year-old Greg Daniel stuns favorites to take US national road title

Axeon Hagens Berman’s incredible 2016 season rolled on Saturday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as 21-year-old Greg Daniel stunned the pre-race favorites with a late-race solo attack that held to the line to take the U.S. national road title. Alex Howes (Cannondale) finished second, five seconds back. Travis McCabe (Holowesko-Citadel) was third, in the same time. “I …

Live stream and race preview: 2016 US men’s national road and TT championships

America’s top professional road cyclists are headed to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for the 2016 Volkswagen Professional Road and Time Trial National Championships this Friday and Saturday. The championships are not only a chance to vie for the coveted stars-and-stripes jerseys, but also to make a final push for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. CyclingTips is happy …

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Alex Howes diary: You could just feel the fear

The caws of the ravens echoed off the canyon walls before finally bouncing off into the rich blue sky. Once they escaped, there was nothing — just me, and the canyon. Laying back, staring upward, I let my feet dangle above the abyss, and for the first time in months, felt myself really breathe. Alone, finally, …

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Alex Howes diary: Racing on ‘home roads’

Have you seen the start list for Volta a Catalunya? Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana, Fabio Aru, Dan Martin, Tejay van Garderen, Richie Porte, Tom Dumoulin… The list is insane. Virtually every GC hitter is there. Yeah, even Alberto Contador. However, if you live in North America or Australia, there is a decent chance you have …

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Alex Howes diary: Lost, then found

When you think of Europe, what’s the first thought that crosses your mind? If you’re from Australia or North America, once you get past thoughts of your middle-school teacher, and lectures about King Henry the 5th and D-Day landings, your mind probably starts to think of a vacation destination. Wine, cheese, castles, funny little rental …

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