Andre Carvalho is the fifth rider from Portugal to join the program, following in the footsteps of alumni riders Ruben Guerreiro, Ivo Oliveira, and Rui Oliveira as well as current rider João Almeida.
The 21-year-old from Vila Nova de Famalicão joins Axeon from Liberty Seguros - Carglass. Carvalho describes joining Hagens Berman Axeon as a big step in his career and a great opportunity to compete in the biggest U23 races.
The runner-up at the 2017 Road National Championships spent a significant amount of time racing in 2018, winning the U23 GP Liberty Seguros and placing 2nd in both the U23 Portugal Cup and 2nd in the youth classification at Volta ao Algarve. He was also 11th at GP Portugal “Nacional 2” and earned 3rd place at the 2018 Portuguese Road National Championships. Carvalho earned an impressive top-15 finish at the European Championships back in July.
When asked where he thinks he’ll make the biggest impact for the team next season, Carvalho said, “I think I am a rider who can deal with all kinds of parcours. But I'm strongest in steep and short climbs, and well-suited for races like the Classics.” The 21-year-old hopes to improve on longer climbs and in the time trial.
Blegny, Belgium - In just his third UCI race of the season, Kevin Vermaerke claimed the team’s fourth victory of 2019 at Liège-Bastogne-Liège U23. Vermaerke’s win is the third victory in four years for the Hagens Berman Axeon Cycling Team at Liège after Logan Owen claimed the title in 2016 and...