“Joining Hagens Berman Axeon was a very special feeling,” said Jarrad. “Axeon is a team that I have looked up to over the years, so being able to continue to call them teammates is amazing.”
The young Aussie followed a very strong 2019 with another stellar season, pandemic notwithstanding. Jarrad started the 2020 season off with a bang, adding a second U23 Australian national title to his name in the road race as well as a top 5 finish in the individual time trial. Strong finishes at the 2020 Santos Tour Down Under propelled him to a podium position in the youth category after six days of racing.
The 21-year-old from Adelaide, South Australia narrowly missed the top 10 at Dorpenomloop Rucphen, was 8th at the Voo Tour de Wallonie, and was 23rd at Il Piccolo Lombardia. Jarrad closed out the season 15th at the 2020 Paris-Tours Espoirs.
Drizners continues to add depth to the Hagens Berman Axeon roster as he excels in short climbs, crosswinds, criteriums, and bunch sprints. For the 2021 season, he hopes to improve on his overall climbing ability and ability to speak Catalan, helpful while living in Girona.
“Jarrad is a key piece on the roster,” said sport director Jeff Louder. “His focus had been split between road and track and he excelled in both. He has proven to be a strong competitor on home soil and in Europe and I expect to see him continue to continue his development as a fast finisher and hard man on the international stage.”
In the first race of the 2021 season, the Hagens Berman Axeon Cycling Team earned its first victory when Sean Quinn launched a late attack on the final climb at Clássica da Arrábida (1.2) to take the win. It is the first win in his professional career.
“I felt good heading into the race...