Not since Jonny Brown was crowned USA Pro Road Race National Champion in 2018 has a rider on the Hagens Berman Axeon Cycling Team worn the Stars and Stripes champs jersey on the road. That changed for the 2023 season after 2022 U23 Road Race National Champion Cooper Johnson was added to the roster. Cooper joined Axeon from Aevolo Cycling.
“It means a lot to me being able to represent Hagens Berman Axeon as so many good and respected riders have come through the program and been with the staff,” said Cooper. “It is very cool to be a part of this family, especially as an American and being able to wear the jersey. I hope to represent the team and everyone well.”
In addition to his road race win, the 21-year-old from Murfreesboro, TN was 6th place at the 2022 U23 USA Individual Time Trial Championships.
For 2023, Cooper hopes to improve on his position in certain moments and be more attentive at the front of the races.