US Champion Greg Daniel, 22, is a product of Axel Merckx's highly successful under-23 development program. He started with the team in 2013 (then Bontrager) where he rode alongside Jasper Stuyven, and despite his aggressive nature never accumulated much in the way of results. Until last year. 2016 was a breakthrough year for Greg: He bypassed the U23 Nationals to race in the Pro National Championships road title in May and won, then followed this up with the final stage and overall victory - in addition to the points and best young rider classifications - at the Tour de Beauce. Knowing it was his last year with the U23 Axeon Hagens Berman team, Greg hoped to make the big step to WorldTour, and his successes in 2016 helped seal the deal with Trek-Segafredo.
Greg was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Too small for American football and a strong preference for endurance sports led him into triathlons at the age of 13. From there he fell in love with cycling and progressed into the National Cycling Team.
Although he has yet to determine his calling, his strength in the climbs has Greg yearning to become a better GC (general classification) rider with his eye on every young cyclist's wish list: the Tour de France. For now, he is happy to squeeze in whenever and wherever the team needs, support his teammates as much as possible, improve, and adapt to his new life living and racing in Europe.
When he's not being 'destroyed' on the bike, Greg dabbles in photography and has four furry friends, a German Shepherd, Yorkie, Silky, and a Border Collie, to keep him busy in Colorado.