You might have noticed that we’ve started using #AmericasTeam on Twitter as our Tour hashtag. We might not be the only American team in the Tour (here’s looking at you BMC and Trek-Segafredo), but we’re the only Tour team with American riders in our Tour de France line-up. Our trio – Nate Brown, Taylor Phinney and Andrew Talansky – are proudly flying the #GreenArgyle flag for the red, white and blue. Velonews’ Andrew Hood examines representation by nation, with a focus on the U.S., in this story.
Two rookies and a GC hunter is the threadbare American presence in the 2017 Tour de France.
Matching a two-decade low from two years ago, only three American riders will race in cycling’s marquee event. It’s even worse for Canada, with zero representation.
All three — Taylor Phinney, Nathan Brown, and Andrew Talansky — wear Cannondale-Drapac colors.
“I can’t explain the feeling when I found out the selection,” Brown said. “This is the call I have been waiting for my whole life.”