Quinn Simmons ( Trek-Segafredo ) completed a great day for the USA’s next generation of male pro riders, taking the green climber’s jersey at Tirreno-Adriatico after a long attack during stage 4 less than an hour after compatriot Brandon McNulty was similarly aggressive at Paris-Nice and won the stage .
Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar) also joined in the next-gen show, finishing third on the Paris-Nice stage to Saint-Sauveur-de-Montagut and pulling on the white best young rider’s jersey.
“The last time we had Americans riding at this level was with Postal,” 20-year-old Simmons suggested to Cyclingnews and Velonews after pulling on the distinctive green jersey, referring to the days of the US Postal Service team.
“It’s good news about McNulty’s win, he’s had a great season so far, it’s his third win. Magnus Sheffield has won too, Neilson (Powless) won San Sebastian last year, too.”
While McNulty is rapidly building his stage racing career at UAE Team Emirates, Simmons is developing as a Classics rider. He has yet to race a full spring campaign but is pushing for a place in the Trek-Segafredo team for Milan-San Remo and then in Belgium and especially for Paris-Roubaix.
“I’m here to prepare for the Classics. Today the stage started hard, there was the break and then a hard finale, so it was perfect preparation and a nice surprise to take the jersey,” he explained, happy with the outcome and the surprise green mountains jersey.
“I’ve never worn a jersey in a WorldTour race before and I never thought the […]