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American express: The 7 US riders at the Tour de France 2022

Who are the 7 American riders participating in the 2022 Tour de France?

Emma Cole
1 Jul 2022

Americans are everywhere, and yes, they are at the Tour de France too.

Seven US riders will be gracing the peloton of 176 riders during its 24-day Tour de France extravaganza.

Let’s, like, totally find out some more about them.

Twinkies and tater tots at the ready…

1. Sepp Kuss, Jumbo Visma

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The 27-year-old from Colorado will be looking to add to last year’s stage win in the mountains in Andorra, when he became the first American to win a stage at the Tour since 2011.

This will be his third Tour with Jumbo-Visma, and he will play a key role in helping either Primož Roglič or Jonas Vingegaard get the coveted yellow jersey.

2. Brandon McNulty, UAE Team Emirates

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All the way from Phoenix, Arizona, 24-year-old McNulty is a strong climber and has had a good season to date, with two wins in Mallorca and a stage win at Paris-Nice.

He’ll be focussed on supporting the yellow jersey favourite Tadej Pogačar, hoping to help the Slovenian nab a third consecutive Tour success.

3. Joe Dombrowski, Astana Qazaqstan

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The eldest of the American contingent at 31, Dombrowski is making his Tour de France debut (though it’s his 12th Grand Tour start overall) with his team Astana.

He will be riding in support of Alexey Lutsenko but no doubt will be looking to add a stage win into the mix after his Stage 4 victory at the Giro d’Italia this year.

You are never too old to learn new tricks as they say.

4. Nielson Powless, EF Education-Easy Post

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Powless, but not powerless, the 25-year-old Californian recently came fourth at the Tour de Suisse and took victory at the Clásica San Sebastián last year.

A late addition to the team’s Tour roster, Powless will likely be in breakaways and of course supporting his team leader Rigoberto Urán.

5. Matteo Jorgenson, Movistar

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Is there anything more apt for a cyclist than your birthday coinciding with the Grand Depart? I think not. It must be a good omen.

Turning 23 in Copenhagen, the Idahoan (I looked it up) has developed a strong combination of climbing, power and bike handling which put him on the roster for his Tour debut.

Movistar called him their ‘American hopeful’ when they announced the team. Let’s hope he enjoys the pressure.

6. Quinn Simmons, Trek-Segafredo

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Another Colorado native, albeit a much younger one at 21 years of age, Simmons has cemented himself as one to watch, especially in hilly breakaways.

Recent results include a win at the Tour de Wallonie and the climbing jersey at both the Tour de Suisse and Tirreno-Adriatico. He also had a top ten finish at Strade Bianche.

Despite some past controversies, expect some serious battling for a stage win. He may be feeling in-quinn-cible

7. Kevin Vermaerke, Team DSM

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Another young’un, and another Californian, Vermaerke is just getting started with his WorldTour experience, and this year’s Tour de France will be his very first Grand Tour.

Recently spotted aggressively riding at the Critérium du Dauphiné, expect Vermaerke to be launching attacks and getting as much as possible from this new experience.

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