Neilson Powless earned so many honors in 2016, the team’s mechanics barely had a place to put all the stickers. He stays at the USA Cycling house Watersley Sports and Talent Park since a few years now. He is using the house and the Watersley environment to become a very well-trained professional. It is perfect base for these sporters because of the high quality facilities and the location itself.

Neilson Powless wins G.P. Palio Del Recioto, Italy

American Neilson Powless of the Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team powered past Australia’s Lucas Hamilton (Mitchelton Scott) down the finishing straight Tuesday to capture the 56th edition of G.P. Palio del Recioto. This time, his victory helps the Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team win Palio del Recioto for a second straight year. #PROVEIT

It was the sixth UCI victory of the season for Axeon Hagens Berman and the second of the year for the 20-year-old from Roseville, California, the “best young rider” at last year’s Amgen Tour of California. Earlier this month, Powless won the individual time trial at Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux on his way to finishing third overall in the Belgian race.

“I did not think I was going to be able to climb with him over the longer climbs on the 45-kilometer finishing circuit,” Powless said of Hamilton, the Oceania Continental champion who was also runner-up Monday at another Italian race, Giro del Belvedere. “So I just tried not to look at my power meter because it was a bit overwhelming at times. I focused on not losing his wheel. Read more..

So what is left on the wish list of the team’s most prolific rider?

“There are so many things I still have to learn and so many races I still want to do,” the best young rider at the Amgen Tour of California said. “I want to get stronger in the one-day races in Europe. I haven’t had much practice in them. That way, when I move up to the next level, it can be more of a smoother transition since I will have had a few of those gnarly races in Europe under my belt.”

Language spoken: English
Favorite app: 8 Ball Pool
Favorite movie: “A Knight’s Tale”
Favorite actor or actress: Johnny Depp
Favorite musical group: Odesza
Race he would someday like to win: Amgen Tour of California
After cycling, I would like to: open a coffee shop.

Neilson Powless - Watersley Sports & Talent Park

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