Tour of Utah: LottoNL-Jumbo well positioned for coming GC battle
07 August 2018 02:26
Neilson Powless is starting the Tour of Utah in some of the same clothes he ended the 2017 race in. Well, not exactly the same garment, but the 21-year-old LottoNL-Jumbo rider on Monday earned the jersey for best young rider with fourth place in the opening prologue time trial after having won the category overall last year. "I'm really happy to be back in the best young rider jersey," he said at the post-stage press conference, which was also attended by stage winner Tejay van Garderen, runner-up Joey Rosskopf and third-placed Tom Bohli, all of BMC Racing. "My spring was sort of up and down, so it's nice to be coming back into some good fitness again," said Powless.ADVERTISEMENT The 21-year-old from California started his first year with LottoNL-Jumbo in February at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, where he finished 21st overall. A steady diet of Italian and Spanish races led to the Tour of California, where Powless finished 15th after cracking the top 10 in 2016 with Axeon. Since then he's raced the Critérium du Dauphiné and the US championships. Powless finished fourth overall in Utah last year, and came into this year's race fresh, and it showed in Monday's performance. "It got a bit warmer throughout the day. I started a bit earlier so it was a little bit cooler, but it certainly didn't stop these guys from setting insanely fast times,” he said of Van Garderen, Rosskopf and Bohli, the prologue specialist.
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