American Powless Wins San Sebastian Cycling Classic
Zeeshan Mehtab 2 months ago Sun 01st August 2021 | 12:17 AM
American Neilson Powless of EF Education-Nippo won the San Sebastian classic on Saturday after edging a thrilling three-way dash for the line on the Basque city's famous seafront
San Sebastian, Spain, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 31st Jul, 2021 ) :American Neilson Powless of EF Education-Nippo won the San Sebastian classic on Saturday after edging a thrilling three-way dash for the line on the Basque city's famous seafront.
The 24-year-old from Florida was part of a breakaway over the narrow hill roads outside San Sebastian and finished the 231km course in 5hr 34mins 31sec, just ahead of Slovenia's Matej Mohoric and Mikkel Honore of Denmark.
Powless identifies as a Native American of the Oneida tribe, and comes from a sporting background with his mother an Olympic marathon runner, his father a triathlete and his sister has made the national cycling team too.
"We played our cards perfectly, I'm so happy," said Powless.
"Every time I've race through the Basque Country it's been incredible with the fans, so I'm super happy to win in front of such enthusiastic crowds," he said.
After riding in rain most of the afternoon the main pack of riders featuring world champion Julian Alaphilippe crossed the line at the giant horseshoe bay La Concha beach 1min 04sec adrift.
The race is the first major test in the build up to the Vuelta a Espana in two weeks time where Egan Bernal is tipped to complete a hat-trick of Grand Tour wins, the Colombian was in the mix on Saturday, ending 1min 09sec down on the day.
"I was never in any trouble," said the infectiously enthusiastic van Vleuten. "I didn't know how the jet-lag would be but I wanted to win here for my team," said van Vleuten who rides for the Spanish team Movistar, based in the Basque country.