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by Matt de Neef
September 11, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Chris Froome wins the Vuelta, Trentin claims final stage; Sagan, Ulissi victorious at Canadian Grand Prix; Lars Boom wins the Tour of Britain; Jolien d’Hoore wins the Madrid Challenge; Lucy Kennedy wins the Tour de l’Ardeche; Swiss dominate XCO at Mountain Bike Worlds in Cairns; Cannondale-Drapac announces EF Education First as 2018 title sponsor; Michael Woods signs for another two years with Slipstream Sports; Former Olympic medallist Leontien van Moorsel accused of EPO use; Storybook ending – Contador goes out on top, wins final summit finish of his career; Neilson Powless signs with LottoNL-Jumbo; US men’s Road Worlds line-up announced; Bike thief foiled at Gold Coast cycling event; The best of the Vuelta.
American young-gun Neilson Powless will join LottoNL-Jumbo in 2018 after signing a two-year deal with the Dutch outfit.
The 21-year-old is currently riding for the Axeon Hagens Berman U23 development team and has had another impressive season. He won the GP del Recioto, a hard and hilly one-day U23 race, he won a stage of the U23 Giro d’Italia, he won the US U23 road race title, he was second on a stage at the Tour de l’Avenir, and he was fourth overall and the best young rider at the Tour of Utah.
“Powless is considered as one of the most talented riders of his generation”, said LottoNL-Jumbo sports director Merijn Zeeman. “It’s great news that he has chosen to join us, since he had several different opportunities. He prefers our team because he sees and believes that we develop young riders in a good way and that they improve while being prepared for the next level by us. It’s a nice confirmation of our policy and a proof for us of being on the right way.”
Powless himself is excited for the opportunity: “I’m almost at a loss for words at the moment. I’ve been aiming to race in the WorldTour for a very long time and now I’ll finally get the opportunity to do so with team LottoNL-Jumbo. My interactions with the team and staff up to this point have already exceeded my expectations of what I thought a WorldTour team would be like. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store.”