It is not just fans of the Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team who might have trouble telling Ivo Oliveira and his identical twin brother, Rui, apart from one another.
The program's first set of twins in ten seasons may have tripped up a teammate or two – and plenty of staffers – at the team's first training camp. But once they get into races, there's always that bib or frame number to rely on.
"I have always raced on the same team together with my brother," Ivo says. "Sometimes he is the lead out man for me. I will try to be the best teammate I can be and step-by-step learn how to become a better racer."
Like the previous year, the reigning Portuguese national champion got off to a swift start on the track winning a silver medal at the UCI Track World Championships in the individual pursuit as well as a 4th place finish in the Omnium.
|20th||Liège - Bastogne - Liège U23|
|25th||Circuit des Ardennes International|
|122nd||Driedaagse Brugge - De Panne|
|122nd||Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde|
|93rd||Danilith Nokere Koerse|
|58th||Rabobank Dorpenomloop Rucphen|
|21st||World Championships U23 - ITT|
|4th||Giro Ciclistico d'Italia - Stage 1|
|35th||Stage 5b (ITT)|
|35th||Grand Prix Priessnitz spa|
|37th||Tr. Città di S. Vendemiano - 57th GP Industria & Commercio|
|73rd||Le Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux|
|11th||Stage 3a (ITT)|
|80th||Classica Aldeias do Xisto - Cylin'Portugal|
|45th||Classica da Arrabida - Cylin'Portugal|
|34th||Volta ao Alentejo|
Ans, Belgium - In just his seventh race of the season riding for the Hagens Berman Axeon Cycling Team, João Almeida executed a late solo attack from a 10-rider breakaway to claim the team’s seventh victory of the season at the U23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Almeida is the second rider in the history...
Charleville-Mézières, France - Ivo Oliveira captured his first ever win in a Hagens Berman Axeon Cycling Team jersey at the final stage of Circuit des Ardennes, the three-day stage race held in Northeastern France near the border of Belgium, beating Karol Domagalski (One Pro Cycling) and Gianni...
Givet, France - With what seemed like a day full of never-ending attacks, chases, and regrouping, Michael Rice got his first top 10 finish of the season on stage 2 of Circuit des Ardennes on Saturday.
Riding in his second year with Hagens Berman Axeon, Rice is finding his form again after...
Bazeilles, France - Rui Oliveira sprinted to a top 10 finish at stage 1 of Circuit des Ardennes, placing 6th in the bunch sprint at the end of the 172 km day of racing. His 6th place finish is the Hagens Berman Axeon rider’s second top ten finish of the season after placing 7th at the 1.HC rated...