The first signing of the year was the addition of 18-year-old, Karel Vacek. The Czech Republic rider joins Axeon from the Italian juniors team, Fratelli Giorgi.
“The 2018 season was a very successful season where I achieved 9 wins, 7 of them international, including winning Trofeo Citta di Loano 1.1,” said Vacek. “While I am proud of my previous results, they aren’t something I think about too much because more important to me is the future.”
While Vacek is always looking forward, his successes can’t be ignored. One of his biggest achievements in 2018 was winning a National Championship in the individual time trial. Additionally, Vacek won two stages at the Giro della Lunigiana, including the time trial. For two years in a row Vacek has won the “Queen Stage” of Course de la Paix Juniors. In the 2018 Junior World Championships, he earned a top-15 finish, placing 12th. Even with a very successful background in cycling, Vacek considers his greatest achievement joining Axeon.
“For me, joining Hagens Berman Axeon is something very special and also important for my future,” said an excited Vacek. “Someday I want to win Grand Tours like the Giro and the Tour [de France] … and I think HB Axeon is the right way to improve and become the cyclist I want to be. But I also know that HB Axeon is a family and that is also super important for me.”