'I was watching the map on my Garmin, the others were too focused on the race situation': Powless on San Sebastián win

The American avoided a late crash and showed a strong sprint finish to pip Matej Mohorič to the victory

Neilson Powless
(Image credit: Getty)

Modern pros are often accused of overly relying on technology to win bike races but Neilson Powless can directly thank his Garmin's map feature for avoiding a crash in the Clásica San Sebastián and using the extra energy to sprint to victory and take his first pro win.

In the closing kilometres, Matej Mohorič had gone wide on the same corner Annemiek van Vleuten had struggled with during the women's race earlier in the day, the Slovenian unclipping but managing to stay upright, such are his bike-handling skills. In his wheel, however, Mikkel Honoré wasn't as lucky as the Dane collided with a wall, his bike ricocheting into Lorenzo Rota as Powless was the only one to avoid getting caught up.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.