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Neilson Powless got his dream ending Sunday.
Powless led home an EF Education-EasyPost one-two at the Japan Cup in the final day of his 2022 season.
“I made a lot of progress this year but I was always missing a win,” Powless said. “I was really happy with the way I developed and the improvements I made, but as a bike rider, you really just want to win a bike race. So I’m just so happy that I could do it in Japan, at the last race of the year.”
Powless impressed all through the year and moved to the very center of EF Education-EasyPost’s ambitions after three years with the team.
The U.S. star claimed a career-best monument top-10 at Liège-Bastogne-Liège and narrowly missed the stage-winner’s podium twice at the Tour de France. He also came within seconds of scoring the States’ first yellow jersey since 2006 in the Tour’s dramatic cobblestone stage.Powless ended the run of close calls in style Sunday in what was his first time to take the top step since his debut pro victory at Donostia San Sebastian last year. EF Education-EasyPost dominated the 1.Pro Japan Cup from the first of its 10 hilly circuits outside of Utsunomiya.Powless, Andrea Piccolo, and James Shaw surged into the front group that formed in the very first lap and dictated […]