Three Off To The WorldTour
At least three riders from this year’s Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team are making the jump to the WorldTour ranks, continuing a tradition that began with the team’s inception in 2009.
National road champions Greg Daniel (United States professional), Tao Geoghegan Hart (Great Britian Under 23) and Ruben Guerreiro (Portugal Under 23) are the 19th, 20th and 21st riders from Axel Merckx’s Under 23 development team to earn a promotion to the sport’s highest level.
Geoghegan Hart is headed to Team Sky while Daniel and Guerreiro will both ride for Trek-Segafredo next year.
Merckx said with a combined eight victories between the three this season, it is no surprise where the trio is headed.
“These guys have all been developing so well the past few years,” Merckx said. “Now they are all coming into the maturity of moving up and reaching a level where they are proving to everyone that they are strong riders and able to win races, motivate their teammates and make everyone around them stronger. That is exactly what we mean when we say ‘Prove It.’ ”
The three promotions to the WorldTour are the most the program has enjoyed since the 2010 and 2013 seasons, when five riders each of those years earned top-level contracts.