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by Mark Zalewski
December 10, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Joaquim Rodriguez makes final decision to retire, committing to a Bahrain-Merida staff role; No positive doping tests at 2016 Tour de France; Mclaren report, part two, shows Russian doping of 1,000 Athletes across 30 Sports; Wiggins will not be cited over mystery medical package; Yorkshire interested in hosting Vuelta start; Sydney’s Olympic velodrome future uncertain; Johan Museeuw Classic changes to one-day format; Lars Boom makes quiet start to cyclocross season; Volta ao Algarve announces 2017 route; Axeon Hagens Berman 2017 roster; Cycling Academy finalises roster; Laura Kenny named Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year; Video reminds cyclists to always wear a helmet; Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme race; Can a bicycle power your house?
16 riders will make up the 2017 roster of the Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team, with eight returning and eight new to the U23 development team.
Adrien Costa (Axeon Hagens) climbing alongside Lachlan Morton (Jelly Belly) and Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Drapac) on stage three of the 2016 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.
Headlining the returnees are a host of Americans, including Tour de Bretagne winner Adrien Costa, who rode as a stagiere for the Etixx-Quickstep team this season. Also returning are U23 U.S. road and time trial champion Geoffrey Curran, U23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège winner Logan Owen and Amgen Tour of California “best young rider” and Tour de l’Avenir stage winner Neilson Powless. Irish Under 23 national time trial champion Eddie Dunbar is also back, along with Americans Will Barta, Jonny Brown and Chad Young.
New to the team are Americans Edward Anderson, Christopher Blevins and Ian Garrison, Chris Lawless of Great Britain, U23 Ecuador national time trial champion Jhonnatan Narvaez, Portugese twin brothers Ivo Oliveria and Rui Oliveria and Michael Rice of Australia.
Axeon Hagens Berman General Manager Axel Merckx said the team’s objectives for 2017 will remain unchanged – developing talented young athletes into champions.
“Our goal has always been to help the next generation of professional cyclists,” Merckx said. “I am confident our returning riders will blend well with the promising new riders we have coming on board.”