Billed as "America's Toughest Stage Race," the Tour of Utah serves as an important stepping stone for younger riders and teams.
Axel Merckx's process for choosing riders is equal parts art and science.
Axel Merckx is cultivating some of the most talented young riders in cycling through his Axeon Hagens Berman cycling Team.
Axel Merckx never expected to direct a development team, but for years he's been at the helm of one of cycling's most prolific outfits.
Under the management of Axel Merckx, Axeon has seen plenty of talented cyclists ride through its ranks
The Axeon Cycling Team is the latest iteration of Merckx's successful development squad, which was formerly Bissell Development Team
Three of the top-five riders in the GC after the first two stages are 23 years old or younger
Bontrager rider took third in the time trial at U.S. nationals and won the most courageous jersey at the Amgen Tour of California
How hot was it at the Amgen opener? Too hot — and due to get even hotter
Joe Dombrowski and company are forging their way in the pro peloton, learning and having a lot of fun doing it