Ever since the year 2009, the former professional cyclist-Axel Merckx has been getting hold of some of the most reputed U23 riders. Some of the riders that he has discovered and who are popular World Tour riders are: BMC’s Taylor Phinney, Giant-Shimano’s Lawson Craddock, Cannondale Garmin’s Joe Dombrowski, Nathan Brown and Ben King, Trek Factory Racing’s Jasper Stuyven and many more.
Axel Merckx is the sporting director of U23 Development Team which has been re-branded for the 2015 cycling season as the Axeon Cycling Team (Axeon is going to be pronounced similarly like ‘action’).
The U23 Development Team was launched in the year 2009 as Trek-Livestrong. Later on in the year 2012, its name was transformed to Bontrager Cycling Team due to a change in the team’s title sponsor. In the 2014 cycling season, the team competed as the Bissell Development Team.
Cyclingnews was informed by Axel Merckx that his aim is to produce a program and team legacy with a tough brand name which will endure all the sponsor changes in the future. His goal is clear- to get as many sponsors for the team as possible.
Axeon Cycling Team is being supported by six major sponsors for the next cycling season namely- NEON Adventures, American Proficiency Institute, SRAM, Cipollini, Bissell and Atlantech.
Some of the races in which the team is going to participate in the year 2015 are- U23 Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Utah, USA Pro Cycling Challenge, AMGEN Tour of California etc.
The main achievements of the team for the 2014 cycling season were- Gregory Daniel stood second in the Tour of California’s Stage 4 race and Ruben Zepuntke won a stage and stood third in the Tour of Alberta’s overall standings.
According to the official announcement, the jersey for the 2015 Axeon Cycling Team shall be revealed in the upcoming weeks.