Tour de France: EF Education reconciles youth and experience with Powless and Urán

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EF-Education EasyPost has announced its Tour de France roster with Rigoberto Urán and Neilson Powless for key roles as the team seeks stage wins and a possible route to the top 10 on GC.

Urán, a former finalist and consistent top-10 contender, had a less than ideal start to the year with crashes and then a bout of COVID-19 knocking him out of the Tour de Suisse earlier this month. He will always lead the line for Team USA and brings a huge amount of experience.

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Powless, who generated the best stage race result of his career with a fourth place overall in Switzerland, is a top 10 absentee in his third Tour de France, but the American could also find himself chasing after stage wins with an attack-minded team heading into the race.

Ruben Guerreiro, Alberto Bettiol and Magnus Cort-Nielsen are good candidates for the medium and medium mountain stages, while Jonas Rutsch, Stefan Bissegger and Owain Doull make up the rest of the team. Bissegger is a possible underdog for the day one time trial in Copenhagen.

There is no place for Esteban Chaves with the Colombian who will take part in the Vuelta a Espana later this year.

“The best runners are here. Teams come prepared with everything, new gear, new bikes. Everyone is focused on the Tour de France,” Uran said in a press release.

“You see the new developments. Everyone is watching. The level is super high. Each step is difficult. Runners, masseurs, mechanics – everyone is focused and nervous for 21 days. Every second counts. It’s nice,” he said.

“It’s very different, starting in Denmark and not in France, it’s something different, but especially here it’s good because there are a lot of fans in Denmark. We take it day by day. “It’s a month. First you have to stay lucky, then stay healthy. You make a strategy, but you have to take it day by day. The most important thing is to sleep well,” said the Colombian. .

Cort won a Tour de France stage in Carcassonne in 2018, and the race visits the fortified French city once again this year. The Dane is eagerly awaiting the start of the race in his home country, but his best chance of winning a career second stage will likely come later in the race.

“Winning stages on the Tour is on a different level to anything you can do in cycling. It means a lot just to be selected and to go, especially this year when the Tour starts in Denmark,” Cort said.

“It’s probably the only race where you really count how many times you’ve been there and finished. It’s not the first time I’ve been there, but as a little kid, like most other Danes , I followed the Tour on television during the summer holidays.

“I didn’t know anything about cycling, but watched the Tour every summer. It’s pretty crazy to think back to that eight year old kid, myself, sitting there watching all the cyclists, and now I’m actually the one inside the TV, doing the Tour de France in my country of ‘origin.

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