Axeon Hagens Berman

US U23 national champ Geoffrey Curran poised to strike in 2017

Nearly nine years ago, on a February day at the Rose Bowl, a 12-year-old Geoffrey Curran was in the parking lot crowd of the iconic stadium in Pasadena, California. George Hincapie emerged in the finale and won the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California. The race was in its third year; Curran was enamored. …

Q&A with Axel Merckx: Team’s exclusion from California is ‘unfortunate for development of US cycling’

During his 15-year professional career, Axel Merckx experienced cycling’s disappointments as much as any rider. But as a team owner and director, he says he’s now facing his biggest setback. Merckx, in his ninth season as owner and director of Axeon Hagens Berman, was recently informed by Amgen Tour of California organizers AEG that his …

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One step at a time: Teenage phenom Adrien Costa looks to build on breakthrough season

After his impressive debut season last year with Axeon Hagens Berman, Adrien Costa returned to his family’s home in Oregon and did what any cyclist with the energy and enthusiasm of youth would do. He went for mountain-bike rides and ate home cooked meals. Costa, 19, also continued his business studies at Oregon State University four …

Dunbar poised to seize chances heading into year two with Axeon Hagens Berman team

He’s seen as a promising young talent for the future, an aggressive rider who has fired off a salvo of long-range attacks in recent seasons and who is moving closer to a big win. As the days tick down to the start of his season in next week’s Volta ao Alentejo, Eddie Dunbar says that …

Photo gallery: 2017 Axeon Hagens Berman team camp

The 2017 Axeon Hagens Berman held a training camp January 8-18 in Calabasas, California. Founded in 2009 by Axel Merckx, the Continental squad has the goal of developing young talent into professional riders. With the backing of an international racing program, the team supports talented young cyclists in their journey toward becoming top athletes and …

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Commentary: These were the 10 most important stories in US cycling in 2016

There were countless stories to emerge during the 2016 season that had great significance, and impact, on American cycling. These were the 10 most important. 1. Kristin Armstrong, Olympic time trial champion 2. Megan Guarnier, 2016 UCI Women’s WorldTour champion 3. Amber Neben, world time trial champion 4. Axeon Hagens Berman: Best development team of all …

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Baptism by fire at Tour of Britain for US prodigy Adrien Costa

A momentary lapse of concentration is all it can take to end a race. Sometimes a rider touches a wheel absent-mindedly, sometimes taking the wrong line into a corner. For Adrien Costa it was a brief moment sucking down an energy gel towards the back of the peloton on Stage 2 of the Tour of Britain. …

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Faces of the Future: Colin Joyce, 2016 Tour of Alberta stage winner

American Colin Joyce has been winning bike races for nearly a decade, but the UCI 2.1 Tour of Alberta is a far different animal than junior age-group time trial and road race titles in minuscule fields at the Utah state championship. No one knows the difference more than Joyce. The just-turned 22-year-old from Pocatello, Idaho, claimed his …

Riding the rollercoaster: Days after broken collarbone, US champ Greg Daniel finalizes jump to WorldTour

At the recent Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, the peloton was screaming towards the grueling climb of Mount Nebo on the fifth stage when a touch of wheels near the front of the peloton sent riders tumbling everywhere. U.S. national road champion Greg Daniel (Axeon Hagens Berman) was headed headfirst into the pavement, but …

Adrien Costa: A mind that moves mountains

He sits down in the plush armchair, but instead of leaning back, he leans forward – elbows on the knees, hands clasped together. Tense, nervous, uneasy. All of the above fill the air. In the background two legends, Axel Merckx and Alain Gallopin, speak in French and he seems to have one ear to them. …

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