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Joey Rosskopf is a two-time US National Time Trial Champion and the 30-year old American has also showed his time trialing prowess at all three Grand Tours with a top ten finish on stage 13 of the 2019 Tour de France, a top-five finish on the final stage of the Giro d'Italia in 2017 and a strong second place on stage 16 at the Vuelta a España in 2018.
Joey Rosskopf is a two-time US National Time Trial Champion and the 30-year old American has also showed his time trialing prowess at all three Grand Tours with a top ten finish on stage 13 of the 2019 Tour de France, a top five finish on the final stage of the Giro d’Italia in 2017 and a strong second place on stage 16 at the Vuelta a España in 2018.
Rosskopf opened his 2020 in style, using his strength and power to claim the King of the Mountains title at the Santos Tour Down Under after claiming the jersey on stage two and successfully defending all the way to Willunga Hill.
The American rider is often pushing the pedals in support of his teammates, but in 2016 he showed he had what it takes to win when he won the opening stage of the Tour du Limousin from a breakaway and held onto the yellow jersey to take the overall victory at the conclusion of the four-stage race.
I knew I wanted to be a professional cyclist when…
When I went to a talent ID camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs as a junior we were riding with different pros everyday. Before then, I don’t think I understood that racing my bike could be a profession so when I realized that there was an alternative to having a 9 to 5 job, it was super attractive to me and something that I wanted to strive for from then.
My greatest racing memory is…
The first stage of the 2015 Vuelta a Espana, my first Grand Tour, was a really wild team time trial. It was just five kilometers long so it was more like a progloue and we were racing along a beachfront beach bike path so, there was a lot of chaos at first. The technicality meant that there was a lot of strategy going into it so to pull that off perfectly and take the win, plus go into the overall lead with the team, was a dream.
The race I dream of winning is…
For sure one race that I always wanted to win was the US National Time Trial Championships and I’ve now done that two times in a row. It’s pretty cool to wear the stars and stripes skinsuit and it gives you a lot of recognition every time you put it on. However, another goal I would like to achieve is to win a stage from a breakaway at one of the Grand Tours. Everytime a breakaway succeeds in a Grand Tour, people are rooting for it because it’s pretty rare. So, to be the strongest in a group of guys that has been out at the front all day would be really special.
If I wasn’t a professional cyclist, I would be…
I would want to be a builder. I’ve been really interested in carpentery and building since I was young and I started to learn when I was in High School. I’ve put it on hold for now but I haven’t lost interest in it so I would like to pick it up again after cycling.