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Adam's Story

Words: Chad Childers Stripes Date: 10 March 2024

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The 2023 Irish Junior National time trial champion, Adam Rafferty, signed with the Hagens Berman Jayco Cycling Team following in the footsteps of older brother Darren Rafferty. Adam joined Axeon from Team 31 Jolly Cycles U19.

“Joining Axeon has been my goal ever since Darren joined,” said Adam. “Seeing all the experiences and incredible opportunities that this team has given Darren, really shows me that it’s exactly where I want to be. Talking with Axel this year really confirmed that Axeon is the perfect home for me. And of course, I couldn’t have been happier when I signed the contract!”

Adam’s 2023 Palmares:
Ireland ITT Junior Championships - 1st place
World Junior ITT Championships - 8th place
European Junior ITT Championships - 10th place
Tour du Carmausin-Ségala Jr - 1st place

The 18-year-old from County Tyrone, Ireland believes that at the moment, his best strength is time-trialing, but he also enjoys climbing. “This year I’m really looking forward to learning the ways of U23 racing and helping the team get some victories,” he said. “Later, I’m hoping to progress further as a GC rider.”

“It is a bit bittersweet to see Darren depart for the World Tour but we’re excited to have Adam join the team,” said team owner and director Axel Merckx. “Adam has been a stagiaire with Jayco so we naturally offered him a chance to grow another year with us.”

  • Nickname: Raff
  • What's your spirit animal: dog
  • Favorite post-race meal: pizza
  • What doesn’t belong on pizza: pineapple
  • Top of your bucket list: own a Porsche
  • Most famous person in your cellphone: Axel
  • What country would you like to visit: Japan
  • Would you rather get paid $200,000 tomorrow or $500 per week for the rest of your life? $500 per week
  • If a song played every time you walked into a room, what song would you choose and why: Steeeam- it’s my favourite song at the minute.
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