EF Education First signs two-year deal with Neilson Powless
Sep 14 2019 02:29 am CET

EF Education First signs two-year deal with Neilson Powless
EF Education First signs two-year deal with Neilson Powless
EF Education First (c)Jojo Harper

Neilson Powless has signed with EF Education First for two seasons starting in January of 2020.

The American rider -who is currently riding the Vuelta a España- has spent the last two seasons in Jumbo-Visma, where he moved from Axeon Hagens Berman. The palmares of Powless includes top-ten overall places in races like the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, the Volta ao Algarve, the Amgen Tour of California and the Tour of Utah.

"I had to make so many changes in my life all at once when I joined the WorldTour, and I've realized that being on an American team, it can help me feel closer to home when I spend so much time away from home," said the rider. "I also see everyone on the team having a really great time. They really enjoy what they're doing. You can see that in how the team races. You can see that around the dinner table. And you can see that in the way the riders on the team go about living their lives.

"I'm also super impressed with EF. From everything I know, it seems like an awesome company. The company's values, world travel, exploration, education, they align with my own, and I'm happy to associate myself with something I truly believe in, that I live. I also have quite a few friends on the team, including one I'm living with, Sean Bennett. We've been having a great time together in Europe, and we grew up together. I'm excited to be teammates with him again."

EF Education First's CEO Jonathan Vaughters is glad about this signing. "Neilson is one of those guys who comes from a diverse athletic background. Triathlon, mountain bike, and he's a great athlete," he explained. "Oftentimes we see those guys with broad backgrounds truly excel when they start to focus on one element, as Neilson has done with road recently.

"I see him as a guy with a massive upside, from time trials to short stage races, and eventually the longer stage races, too. His climbing is improving every year. He can already be a leader in week-long stage races that are more time-trial focused. I think Neilson, along with Dani Martínez and Sergio Higuita, represent the next phase of our stage-race teams, and I'm very excited about it."
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NEILSON POWLESS
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