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Michael's Story

Words: Chad Childers Stripes Date: 10 March 2019

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The latest in a long line of Australians in the Axeon program, Michael Rice continues to follow in their paths to success as he enters his third year in the program.

He originally punched his ticket for a roster spot by winning a stage of the 2016 Tour de Beauce in Canada - a race that saw Hagens Berman Axeon riders capture two of the six stages as well as the overall.

While Rice has always enjoyed racing in the U.S., where he says there is always good hype around the sport and quality fields, he spent significant time in 2018 racing in Europe. In doing so, Rice had his best year yet. The Aussie earned 4th place stage finishes at Circuit des Ardennes and U23 Giro Ciclistico d’Italia. He also won stage 4 at the 2018 Tour of the Gila in Silver City, New Mexico. But the most impressive feat Rice accomplished was a 7th place finish on the final stage of Tour of California, a UCI WorldTour race.

“Something I am really looking forward to in 2019 is racing the European one days this Spring. Competing in the home of cycling against some of the world’s best is motivating and a result there is a big personal goal for me this year,” said Rice. In racing a mixed calendar between Europe and the USA, I am excited to challenge myself and see a continued growth in my development from 2018.”

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0th Grand Prix d'Isbergues - Pas de Calais
0th Grote Prijs Jef Scherens - Rondom Leuven
123rd Primus Classic
109th Grand Prix de Wallonie
0th Colorado Classic - Stage 1
74th The Larry H.Miller Tour of Utah
82nd Prologue
10th Stage 1
75th Stage 2
96th Stage 3
65th Stage 4
71st Stage 5
85th Stage 6
89th Giro Ciclistico d'Italia
60th Prologue
24th Stage 1
115th Stage 2
4th Stage 3
106th Stage 4
90th Stage 5
80th Stage 6
123rd Stage 7
89th Stage 8
72nd Stage 9b (ITT)
135th Stage 9a
96th Amgen Tour of California
111th Stage 1
99th Stage 2
70th Stage 3
81st Stage 4 (ITT)
111th Stage 5
84th Stage 6
7th Stage 7
57th Tour of the Gila
76th Stage 1
6th Stage 2
21st Stage 3 (ITT)
1st Stage 4
77th Stage 5
73rd Circuit des Ardennes International
115th Stage 1
4th Stage 2
64th Stage 4
53rd Stage 3
31st Le Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux
50th Stage 1
79th Stage 2
43rd Stage 3a (ITT)
37th Stage 3b
64th Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
64th Driedaagse Brugge - De Panne
40th Rabobank Dorpenomloop Rucphen
90th Colorado Classic - Stage 1
63rd Stage 2
64th Stage 2
0th Stage 3
74th Giro Ciclistico d'Italia
38th Stage 1
75th Stage 2
80th Stage 3
110th Stage 4
62nd Stage 5b (ITT)
11th Stage 5a
106th Stage 6
90th Stage 7
69th Circuit des Ardennes International
98th Stage 1
112th Stage 2
9th Stage 3
83rd Stage 4
25th Joe Martin Stage Race
21st Stage 1 (ITT)
7th Stage 2
87th Stage 3
39th Stage 4
40th Oceania Continental Championships - Road Race
20th Oceania Continental Championships U23 - Road Race

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