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by Shane Stokes
October 20, 2017
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U.S. based Axeon Hagens Berman has signed WU23 world champion Mikkel Bjerg for 2018, the team announced Thursday.
The 18-year-old Dane earned his rainbow stripes in Bergen, Norway, after blistering the U23 Time Trial course, winning by over one minute to second-place finisher Brandon McNulty (USA).
Team director Axel Merckx regards Bjerg as a very young talent with a lot of potential. “Mikkel was impressive in winning U23 TT Worlds,” said Merckx. “I’m excited to have a world champion on our team and to help him develop even more.”
Bjerg is no stranger to top finishes. He was second in the TT at the 2016 Junior World TT Championship in Doha, third at the 2017 Denmark Elite National TT Championship, second at the 2017 U23 TT European Championships, and most recently, second at the 2017 Chrono des Nations time trial. Recently, he attempted the UCI Hour Record in Odense Cykelbane, Denmark, setting a new Danish National record of 52.311 kilometres — fifth all time behind Bradley Wiggins, Tom Zirbel, Alex Dowsett, and Rohan Dennis.
“Joining Hagens Berman Axeon means the world to me,” said Bjerg. “I think it’s the perfect way for me to develop as a cyclist. It’s a big step in the right direction towards my goal of reaching the WorldTour in the coming years.”