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Brandon McNulty

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Brandon McNulty
McNulty at the 2023 Giro d'Italia
Personal information
Full nameBrandon Alexander McNulty
Born (1998-04-02) April 2, 1998 (age 26)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight153 lb (69 kg)
Team information
Current teamUAE Team Emirates
Rider typeAll-rounder
Amateur teams
2012Fly Racing
2015–2016LUX Cycling Development
Professional teams
2017–2019Rally Cycling[1][2]
2020–UAE Team Emirates[3]
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (2023)

Stage races

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (2024)

One-day races and Classics

National Time Trial Championships (2023, 2024)
Classic Sud-Ardèche (2022)
GP Miguel Induráin (2024)
Medal record
Representing  United States
Men's road bicycle racing
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2016 Doha Junior time trial
Silver medal – second place 2017 Bergen Under-23 time trial
Silver medal – second place 2015 Richmond Junior time trial
Bronze medal – third place 2019 Yorkshire Under-23 time trial

Brandon Alexander McNulty (born April 2, 1998) is an American cyclist who rides for UCI WorldTeam UAE Team Emirates.[4] In the 2016 UCI Junior World Time Trial Championships McNulty became the fourth American junior world champion after Greg LeMond, Jeff Evanshine, and Taylor Phinney, winning the time trial by 35 seconds.[5]


Early career[edit]

McNulty grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and enjoyed riding mountain bikes in his free time. McNulty excelled early, winning almost every mountain bike race he entered while racing in the 11-12 junior categories[citation needed]. McNulty gradually transitioned to road racing. After several wins in local races in Belgium in 2014, McNulty caught the eye of Roy Knickman, manager of LUX cycling. Knickman, realizing McNulty's talent, referred McNulty to coach Barney King. 2015 was a breakout year for McNulty when he won the Valley of the Sun Stage Race TT, averaging 30 mph on a standard road bike. McNulty won the junior national time trial championships that year and went on to compete at the UCI world championships in Richmond.

In 2016, McNulty had even more success, winning the Tour de l'Abitibi and Trofeo Karlsberg, stage races, and the junior national time trial championships for the second year in a row. Then he competed at the UCI Road World Championships and became the fourth American to become a junior world champion after Taylor Phinney, Jeff Evanshine, and Greg LeMond, winning the time trial by 35 seconds.[5]

Professional career[edit]

McNulty turned professional in 2017, and despite being offered numerous contracts with UCI WorldTeams, he chose to ride with the American UCI Continental team Rally Cycling.[6] He won the under-23 national time trial championships and finished second in the World Championships that year.

In 2018, McNulty continued to ride with Rally Cycling, who upgraded to UCI Professional Continental status that year. McNulty made his UCI World Tour debut in the Tour of California, where he finished fourth on stage 6, the queen stage, and ultimately seventh overall, about three-and-a-half minutes behind winner Egan Bernal. He would head to Europe for the second part of the season, after finishing 3rd overall at Tour Alsace, McNulty would have a string of good results at his first Tour de l'Avenir where he would finish 2nd on a mountain stage to Colombian rider Iván Sosa, demonstrating his ability on the climbs. At the UCI Road World Championships, McNulty would go on to finish 7th in the individual time trial event.

In 2019, McNulty took his first win as a professional at the newly revived Giro di Sicilia in the penultimate stage to Ragusa, thus taking the lead in the general classification. On the following day's stage to Mount Etna, he came fourth, and won the general classification.

His first grand tour participation was in the 2020 Giro d'Italia,[7] in which he finished 15th overall. He rode in the 2021 Tour de France where he supported teammate Tadej Pogačar, who won the race.

McNulty rode in the 2020 Summer Olympics road race in late 2021 and put himself in position to win. Late in the race, with less than 25 miles to go, he was among the surviving group, which would likely contain the winner and with approximately 15 miles to go he attacked. Only Richard Carapaz could go with him and the two of them began to open a gap. For more than 10 miles they stayed ahead of the elite group, but with under 5 miles to go Carapaz got away and rode solo for the gold as McNulty fell back into the elite group where he finished. Despite not medaling his result has only been exceeded once by an American cyclist at the Olympics in the previous 20 years.[8]

McNulty at the 2022 Tour de France

McNulty started 2022 off strongly winning a few races and went into Paris-Nice with intentions of a high place in the general classification. His hopes were dashed early in the race as he got caught out in crosswinds, and for all intents and purposes lost any hope of even a top 10 finish.[9] He considered quitting the race, but eventually decided to continue and ended up involved in a breakaway on stage 5. With just under 40 kilometers to go he attacked and no one could follow. He continuously built his lead over the breakaway group and won the stage by nearly two minutes.

He entered the 2022 Tour de France as one of the primary Lieutenants for Pogačar, along with Majka, Soler and Bennett; however all of them were out of the race by the critical final two high mountain stages. On stage 17, which included Col de Val Louron-Azet to Peyragudes, McNulty drove a pace that broke the entire elite GC group with the exception of his team leader Pogačar, and Jonas Vingegaard. He crossed the line 3rd and became the first American to be awarded Most Combative Rider since David Zabriskie, who won the award on a flat stage in 2012.[10]

In May 2023, he took his first win in a Grand Tour, outsprinting Ben Healy and Marco Frigo from a three-man breakaway on stage 15 of the Giro d'Italia.[11] He was crowned the United States National Time Trial Champion a month later, followed up with a fourth place finish at the World Time Trial Championships in August. He ended the year with a second place finish to teammate Marc Hirschi at the Tour de Luxembourg.[12]

MnCulty had a strong start to 2024, winning the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in February, after taking the race lead with his victory on stage four.[13] He next won the stage two time trial in the UAE Tour, but fell out of contention for the overall win on the final day. A week later, he competed in Paris–Nice, where he held the race lead going into the final day, but lost time on the final climb, and ended up third overall, 1 minute and 47 seconds down on compatriot and race winner Matteo Jorgenson.[14] On the final weekend of March, McNulty won the GP Miguel Induráin, beating out Maxim Van Gils to become the first American to win the event.[15] He again displayed prowess as a time trialist, taking the stage three time trial of the Tour de Romandie in late April.

Major results[edit]

1st Time trial, National Junior Road Championships
1st Overall Course de la Paix Juniors
1st Points classification
1st Stage 2a (ITT)
2nd Overall Tour de l'Abitibi
1st Young rider classification
1st Stages 1 & 3 (ITT)
3rd Time trial, UCI Junior Road World Championships
4th Overall Driedaagse van Axel
1st Young rider classification
1st Stage 2 (ITT)
1st Time trial, UCI Junior Road World Championships
National Junior Road Championships
1st Time trial
2nd Road race
1st Overall Tour de l'Abitibi
1st Stage 3 (ITT)
1st Overall Trofeo Karlsberg
1st Stage 2b (ITT)
7th Overall Tour du Pays de Vaud
1st Stage 2b (ITT)
1st Time trial, National Under-23 Road Championships
2nd Time trial, UCI Road World Under-23 Championships
3rd Overall Tour Alsace
1st Prologue (TTT)
2nd Chrono Kristin Armstrong
3rd Overall Tour Alsace
1st Stage 1 (TTT)
5th Overall Volta Internacional Cova da Beira
7th Overall Tour of California
7th Time trial, UCI Road World Under-23 Championships
2019 (2 pro wins)
1st Overall Giro di Sicilia
1st Young rider classification
1st Stage 3
2nd Chrono Kristin Armstrong
3rd Time trial, UCI Road World Under-23 Championships
7th Overall Tour Poitou-Charentes en Nouvelle-Aquitaine
9th Overall Tour of Oman
4th Overall Vuelta a San Juan
7th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
6th Road race, Olympic Games
6th Brussels Cycling Classic
2022 (3)
1st Faun-Ardèche Classic
1st Trofeo Calvià
1st Stage 5 Paris–Nice
2nd Overall Volta ao Algarve
2nd Trofeo Pollença–Port d'Andratx
4th Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
Combativity award Stage 17 Tour de France
2023 (2)
National Road Championships
1st Time trial
4th Road race
1st Stage 15 Giro d'Italia
2nd Overall Tour de Luxembourg
4th Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
5th Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
6th Overall Tour de Pologne
7th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st Young rider classification
8th Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
2024 (6)
1st Time trial, National Road Championships
1st Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
1st Stage 4
1st GP Miguel Induráin
1st Stage 2 (ITT) UAE Tour
1st Stage 3 (ITT) Tour de Romandie
3rd Overall Paris–Nice
1st Stage 3 (TTT)
3rd Trofeo Calvià
3rd Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
5th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
7th Trofeo Pollença–Port d'Andratx

General classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour general classification results
Grand Tour 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 15 29
A yellow jersey Tour de France 69 19
A red jersey Vuelta a España 70
Major stage race general classification results
Stage races 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
Paris–Nice DNF 12 3
Tirreno–Adriatico 12
Volta a Catalunya NH 13
Tour of the Basque Country 17 7 5
Tour de Romandie DNF DNF
Critérium du Dauphiné 40 11
Tour de Suisse DNF NH
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


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