In his third WorldTour season, American Logan Owen says he aspires to become the road captain at EF Pro Cycling, citing teammate Mitch Docker as a role model he hopes to follow.
The toll of Thursday's crash continued to be felt as injuries prove too much for Tejay van Garderen, who abandoned the Vuelta with a fractured finger and other injuries.
Riders vow to keep fighting in this Vuelta after the American team suffered multiple crashes and lost two of its strongest riders.
Three Americans will line up Saturday, as EF Education First brings a well-rounded squad to the year's final grand tour.
Logan Owen is set to make his WorldTour debut with EF Education First-Drapac at the Tour Down Under later this month.
Logan Owen, 22, will ride for U.S.-based WorldTour team, which nearly folded because it initially lacked sponsor dollars for 2018.
American Logan Owen collects the first win of 2017 for his Axeon Hagens Berman team Saturday in stage 4 of Volta ao Alentejo in Portugal.