LIEGE, Belgium—American Logan Owen (Axeon-Hagens Berman) won the U23 version of the Ardennes Classic Liège–Bastogne–Liège earlier today.
The cyclocross star has never really minced words when talking about his racing road and his future as a professional cyclist. When we spoke with him in December before Nationals, he was again candid in saying that it was likely he would head down the path of professional road racer, although he still professed a love for cyclocross. Of course, Owen has seen success on the road before. But today’s result could bolster his sentiment that the road could ultimately be his professional outlet.
Owen, of course, is a multi-time cyclocross National Champion. This year he opted not to defend his streak of 10 national championship wins or the U23 title he won in Austin, Texas in 2015 and instead raced the Elite Men’s race, where he finished third behind Jeremy Powers and Stephen Hyde.
In today’s U23 La Doyenne Owen bested his breakaway companion Pavel Sivakov (BMC Development Team). Owen’s teammate Ruben Guerreiro finished third and the Axeon-Hagens Berman squad had another rider in the top 10, Krists Neilands, who finished 9th.