Joey Rosskopf goes from elbow break to Greek podium – Human Powered Health


How the US champ scored second in the International Tour of Hellas curtain call

When US champion Joey Rosskopf crashed heavily at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and broke his left elbow, his early races were transformed into a period of healing and recovery.  

Flash forward eleven weeks and resplendent once more in the stars and stripes jersey, the Decatur man hits out for home one kilometer from the final finish line at the International Tour of Hellas in Ioannina, Greece.

Using a roundabout as a launchpad, the drone beaming the images across Facebook tracks the US champ as he uses every aero gain he can muster – including tucking in that aforementioned elbow – to reel back in the lone leader and evade the splintered chasing pack. 

Behind, eventual stage winner Emil Toudal (BHS – PL Beton Bornholm) also sees his opportunity and wrestles his way past Rosskopf in the dying meters with the Human Powered Health rider holding on for the second place

“It was my idea to do a late flyer because I don’t have enough strength still to tug at the bars and do a high max-watts sprint,” Rosskopf said afterwards about his finish heroics.

Going from a broken elbow to second place has been a two and a half month journey for Rosskopf.

“For the recovery, a lot of time on the trainer was obviously the first thing I could do,” he explains. “With the trainer, the intensity of it, the heat and how much you sweat made it really hard to do more than a couple of days in a row.” 

Rosskopf turned to Catalyte® from Thorne to aid in his preparation and recovery. An electrolyte restoration complex, the product helps fight fatigue, promotes calorie control, and helps fuel your muscles and brain by replenishing key minerals lost during high-intensity activity. 

“A big part of it was hydration so Catalyte from Thorne came into the equation there to be able to repeat days on the trainer,” says Rosskopf. “You end every workout in a pool of sweat so it’s really hard to drink and replenish enough. I was definitely hitting the Catalyte a lot, a few bottles a day during the training so that I could gradually progress before getting back to my normal mountain rides and loops around Girona.” 

I was definitely hitting the Catalyte from Thorne a lot.

When he was back on the bike, Rosskopf’s eyes turned back to competition.

“The motivation to come back was to be out there with teammates, this is what I want to be doing, I don’t want to be sitting on the sideline watching guys going to races every week and I wanted to be there figuring out what we can do together and I really enjoyed that part of it after a couple of months away.”

A final stage as turbulent as the rest of the week in ‘Hellas’, Gavin Mannion was also doing his thing out in the breakaway on the rolling stage before the race was neutralised due to heavy fog off the day’s main climb, the Katara Pass.

Having hunted KOM points, Mannion’s group was brought back by the team of GC winner Aaron Gate (Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling), delivering the group into Ioannina before Rosskopf’s final one thousand meter dash.

It has been a week of getting back into that racing mindset for the Georgia native.

“I came here with pretty conservative expectations, really just trying to stay safe and not re-injure anything,” he explained. “Getting back into race rhythm made it easier riding with the elbow than training because I could forget about it until after the stage each day.”

Later, as seen on Chad Haga’s Instagram stories, the team toasted the finish to the week in Greece with a well-earned order of burgers and fries.

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International Tour of Hellas stage 5 result
1 TOUDAL Emil – BHS – PL Beton Bornholm 4:35:24
2 ROSSKOPF Joey – Human Powered Health ”
3 AALRUST Håkon – Team Coop ”
4 TAGLIANI Filippo – Drone Hopper – Androni Giocattoli ”
5 BARONCINI Filippo – Trek – Segafredo ”

(L–R) Ben King, Chad Haga, Pat McCarty, Gavin Mannion, August Jensen, Kyle Murphy, Kristian Aasvold, Joey Rosskopf, Jonas Carney.

— Oskar Scarsbrook to humanpoweredhealth.com

Greek odyssey concludes for Team Novo Nordisk at the Tour of Hellas

After close to three weeks racing and training on the Greek island of Rhodes in March, Team Novo Nordisk head back to Greece for the International Hellas Tour next week as 2022 marks the return of the stage race after a ten-year absence.

Taking place over five days of racing that will start on the Island of Crete before heading to mainland Greece and a finish on the shores of Lake Pamvotis in historical Ioannina, the Hellas Tour will have something of everything in terms of terrain and cover 858km as the peloton takes in 28 cities.

Hot on the heels of an impressive Tour of Turkey that included a top ten on the sprint on stage five, Italian Andrea Peron will lead the team alongside Spanish climber David Lozano with Brit Sam Brand and Finnish champion Joonas Henttala both returning to the Hellenic shores.

“It’s important for us to maintain the good momentum we have built up recently,” began General Manager Vassili Davidenko. “And a busy racing program should help us do that. We’re very happy to be back racing in Greece after the International Rhodes Cycling events in March and this time it’s quite special as this will be the first time in ten years that the Hellas Tour has been held.”

“The guys have done very well so far this year and we have managed to hit most of our targets in each race we have participated in. We’re heading a little into the unknown here due to the long period since the last edition, but our approach will be the same; work together to achieve our goals and do our best to drive change in diabetes by producing the best results possible.”

French climber Lucas Dauge comes into the team after racing with the TNN devo team in Serbia at Belgrade – Banjaluka last week, lending talent and experience to the next generation of professional cyclists who live and race with type 1 diabetes.

“We’re looking forward to be back racing on the Greek roads,” said Brand. “We had some good results at the Rhodes Tour in March and more recently at the Tour of Turkey, so we’re in a good place and the focus will be on keeping that run going.”

“From what I’ve seen the parcours looks tough and we know that it will be important to stay switched on from the opening stage. It’s exciting to be taking part in the return edition of the race and it would be great to create some opportunities for ourselves, but it will be my job to help Andrea – he’s been going really well this year – and also to try and get up the road in the break if the chance presents itself.”

Team Novo Nordisk at the Tour of Hellas 27th April to 1st May:

Sam Brand (GBR, 31)

Lucas Dauge (FR, 25)

Joonas Henttala (FIN, 30)

Peter Kusztor (HUN, 37)

David Lozano (ESP, 33)

Andrea Peron (IT, 33)


Wednesday 27th April, Stage1: Heraklion – Chania, 190.1km

Thursday 28th April, Stage 2: Olympic Sports Complex – Itea, 165km

Friday 29th April, Stage 3: Delphi – Karditsa, 172.5km

Saturday 30th April, Stage 4: Karditsa – Larissa, 176.5km

Sunday 1st May, Stage 5: Kalabaka – Ioannina, 154.5km

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com