Howes Wins First Us Road Race Title

Bassett, Howes and Powless on the podium at the 2019 US pro road race

Alex Howes ( EF Education First ) won a three-up battle in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, on Sunday to take his first USA Cycling Pro Road Championships Elite Men's title. Howes beat Stephen Basset (First Internet Bank) and Neilson Powless (Jumbo-Visma) for the title after the trio escaped from a select group near the end of the 190.7km circuit race. Howes gutted out the final two uphill kickers leading to the downtown finish line, first brining back Powless and then Bassett just before the final left-hand turn onto the slightly downhill finishing straight. The rider who has finished on or near the nationals podium multiple times but never on the top step had room to celebrate emphatically as he crossed the line to take his first-ever elite stars-and-stripes jersey. "I can't put the feeling into words," an emotional Howes said. "Neilson Powless is probably one of the best guys in the ...

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