The American phenomenon growing alongside Pogacar

Brandon McNulty is the leader with two stages remaining for the Itzulia to conclude. A 23-year-old talent who "climbs well and is a high-level time trialist."


Brandon McNulty was the leader of the Tour of the Basque Country this Thursday to continue confirming the enormous future that is expected of him. The 23-year-old American is living his second season at the UAE and will be one of the team's great assets in the next Giro d'Italia, in which he already debuted in 2020 (15th overall), with great results in the two time trials ( 3rd and 8th) .

"He is a good climber and a high-level time trialist," said Joxean Fernández Matxin, team manager, when he was signed. It came from the Rally, with which he had conquered the Tour of Sicily, together with a stage, his two professional victories so far.

A young man who shone on the MTB in his native Arizona before standing out on the road against the clock: junior world champion, and silver and bronze U-23. "I will give everything to defend the leadership of this Itzulia," he says, with the assurance that the responsibility will fall on another member of his generation, Tadej Pogacar, while he must confirm that he can be a very valid cyclist for the generals.

The hope of cycling in the USA

McNulty is one of the names that American cycling manages to shine in the big events, perhaps accompanied by Sepp Kuss and an even younger Quinn Simmons. From very early on, McNulty was considered one of the most gifted cyclists the US has ever seen, and many were the teams that offered him the alternative, although he decided to train in the ranks of the Rally of his country. Finally, he was seduced by the UAE megaproject and now he is struggling to gain a foothold in a star-studded formation.

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