Polka dot Powless: Neilson Powless fulfills a childhood dream

Powless is the first American to wear the climber's jersey since 2017, and the sixth American ever. Can you name the Americans that wore it before him?

Neilson Powless (ED-Education-EasyPost) in the Tour de France Polka Dot jersey
(Image credit: Getty Images)

American Neilson Powless (EF Education-Easypost) will be leading out the Tour de France peloton in the eye-catching polka dot jersey for a fourth straight day tomorrow. The 26-year-old from Northern California spent most of day three in a two-person breakaway with Frenchman Laurent Pichon (Arkea-Samsic) and defended the so-called King of the Mountains or climber's jersey with confidence across four classified climbs.

"It was a successful day. I got some points today; it didn't cost too much, so I'm happy, "he said in the post-race interview.  

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.