“I love this team,” Owen said. “Everyone gets along. We have a great vibe. It’s a real friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere, but we all know how to turn it on and get down to business. The team feels like a big family, and I feel like I’m a part of the family.”
“Logan is an incredibly reliable and enthusiastic teammate,” said EF Education First Pro Cycling CEO Jonathan Vaughters. “He has the knack to always be in the right place at the right time at the right moment which has proven to be a huge asset to the team during the Spring Classics. ”
The 24-year-old turned professional with the American-registered squad. He spent his neo-pro seasons “soaking it all in” and learning the ropes of his newfound role.
“I’m a helper in some of the bigger races,” said Owen. “I can position our leaders really well I know how to get them through the field. I’m excited to continue to focus on that.”
Owen calls the 2019 Vuelta a España his biggest accomplishment during his tenure with the team.
“Just getting selected for the Vuelta was a big deal for me,” Owen noted. “My selection was finalized late, and I didn’t expect to be at the start line. It was a great experience. To be able to help our team leaders that first week, until we lost three of our guys, it was a really good feeling. I was super motivated. Being able to race the Vuelta, and then finish the race, after all we went through, that’s definitely the standout moment during my two years with the team.”
When Owen first joined the team, he was very clear about his objectives. He wanted to learn all he could, from everyone he could. He believes he has embraced every opportunity thrown his way.
“I learned that at this level, we have to be at our best every single race,” said Owen. “And I learned a few things here and there when it comes to technique – about riding in the crosswinds, how to stay at the front, when to use your energy and when to conserve. It’s stuff I knew before but I had to learn to apply it with the best riders and in the best races in the world.
“My fitness level has dramatically improved over the last two years,” Owen added. “Combine that increase in fitness with all I’ve learned, and I’m definitely a different bike rider now.”
Although he may be a different rider in many ways, Owen, a 10-time US national champion in cyclocross, has also recently returned to his roots. He raced FayetteCross in Fayetteville, Arkansas last month and has a few other upcoming ‘cross races on his radar.
“I’m more a diesel engine now,” said Owen. “I used to be the punchy guy for an hour ‘cross race. Not anymore. I had to change the way I raced. Being able to open up the engine I built racing in the WorldTour was really nice. It was a different kind of advantage than the ones I’ve had previously, and it gave me a lot of confidence.”
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