18 things you didn't know about Neilson Powless

Fighting to be the first American to win the Polka Dot Jersey, meet the American climbing talent

Neilson Powless (EF Easypost) before stage three of the 2023 Tour de France
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Date of Birth9/2/1996
Place of BirthSacramento, California
Resides in Nice, France
Height1.83 metres (6 feet)
Weight67 kg (147 lbs)
Turned pro2018
Current TeamEF Education EasyPost
BikeCannondale Lab71 SuperSix Evo
UCI wins4
Stage race wins1
Grand Tour stage wins0

Neilson Powless at the 2023 Tour de France

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  1. Neilson is Oneida on his father's side and in 2020, he became the first tribally recognized Native North American to race the Tour de France.
  2. He is only the sixth American to wear the Polka Dot jersey joining Nate Brown (2017), Taylor Phinney (2017), Tejay Van Garderen (2011), Greg Lemond (1986) and Marianne Martin (1984).
  3. He was the American U23 road race national champion in 2017, winning a three man sprint ahead of Gage Hecht and Brendan Rhim.
  4. While Neilson is only 26, he has been racing since he was very young and turned pro in 2018.
  5. His first WorldTour team was Lotto NL Jumbo which is now known as Jumbo Visma.
  6. In his Grand Tour debut, he was a part of Primož Roglič’s GC win during the 2019 Vuelta España.
  7. After two years with the Dutch Jumbo squad, Neilson moved to the American outfit of EF Pro Cycling now known as EF Education-Easypost.
  8. He’s a military kid; his dad was in the Air Force.
  9. His mother was an Olympian running the marathon for Guam in 1992.

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