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by Shane Stokes
October 16, 2017
Theuns wins final stage of Tour of Turkey, Ulissi takes overall; Van der Poel, Kaptheijns take Super Prestige victory in sand dunes of Zonhoven; Wurf smashes Ironman bike course record in Kona, finishes 17th; Elliott becomes first rider to win consecutive Warrnambool Classics; Howes extends with Slipstream Sports for two years; Leipheimer announces fundraising initiative to help those affected by California fires; Video: MAMIL (Middle Aged Men in Lycra) trailer.
A member of the Slipstream Sports (current Cannondale-Drapac) squad since 2009, American Alex Howes and the team have further extended a long commitment. The Colorado rider has signed a new two-year contract with the squad, and will remain there at least until the end of 2019.
“Being based out of Colorado, Slipstream Sports has always been my home team,” he said. “Over the years, it has become more than a just a team. It really is a family, and I have invested a lot emotionally in the team over the years. The team’s focus on producing results through grit and creativity echoes my personal racing style.”
Now 29, he had perhaps his best season to date in 2017. Howes, an occasional CyclingTips contributor, won the mountains classification in the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, took two stages in the Cascade Cycling Classic, and won a stage and finished third overall in both the Colorado Classic and the Tour of Alberta. His past results include a stage win in the USA Pro Challenge and second in the US national road championships.
“Alex wanted to stay, and I wanted Alex to say,” said team CEO Jonathan Vaughters. “It was as simple as that. He’s been with us his entire career except for one season where I farmed him out to a French team to toughen him up a bit. He’s grown up with us and has grown into the heart of this team.”
Howes named his USA Pro Challenge stage win as his top career memory, with this Colorado Classic success his favourite moment of this season. “In the coming years, I would like to head back to the Tour de France, find the top step of the US Nationals podium and find that big result in the one-day Classics I know I’m capable of achieving,” said Howes. “And I plan to have fun along the whole journey.”