Garmin-Sharp has fielded a young team for this year’s Tour de France, which includes two debutants. Alex Howes is one of those who is riding his first Tour de France. Cyclingnews caught up with the American at the start in Leeds to see how he was feeling.
“It’s pretty exciting. It’s not exactly just another bike race. It’s a big deal. I’m super happy to be here,” he told Cyclingnews.
The Tour is also Howes’ first Grand Tour appearance and he’d like to make it a good one. “Goal number one is to help Andrew. It’s going to be really critical over these first few days and after that, I’d love to get a picture on the Champs Elysees.
“We’ve come here to support Talansky, he showed at the Dauphiné that he can be a contender. We’ll see how far he can go. We’re not going to put a specific number on it, we’re not shooting for a specific place. It’s a young team, we have a couple of years to build on this and we want to see what we can do against the big guys.”