In continuing to assemble its squad for the 2018 season, Axeon Hagens Berman announces the signing of World Champion Mikkel Bjerg.
Denmark’s young, up-and-comer earned his World Champion stripes in Bergen, Norway after blistering this year’s U23 Time Trial course and winning by over one minute to second place finisher Brandon McNulty.
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 U19 World Championships in Doha, third at the 2017 Denmark National Elite TT, second at the 2017 U23 TT European Championships, and second at the 2017 Chrono des Nations. Recently, Bjerg attempted the UCI Hour Record in Odense Cykelbane, Denmark. Bjerg set a new Danish National record, riding 52.311 km and beating Ole Ritter’s record of 48.879 km set in 1974. The distance places the eighteen-year-old 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.”
Bjerg joins 2018 Hagens Berman Axeon signees Jasper Philipsen, Zeke Mostov, Cole Davis, and Maikel Zijlaard.