Alex Howes: EF-Nippo has the edge with experience at US Road Championships

Alex Howes wins the 2019 USA Cycling pro men's road race
Alex Howes won the 2019 USA Cycling pro men's road race (Image credit: Wil Matthews)

At 1:15 p.m. in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, 152 men will line up to race 190 kilometres for a winner-take-all national title at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships. That's a 50 per cent increase in field size since the last edition of the road race in 2019, won by EF Education-Nippo rider Alex Howes.

The US Pro road race can be a numbers game, with big teams having more cards to play over the course of a five-hour race, and early-summer humidity can play a significant role in the tactics of a long day in the saddle, and 15 passes over the narrow Sherrod Road climb.

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Jackie Tyson
North American Production editor

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp for several minor league teams. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road and gravel rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).