Axel Merckx offers young British cyclists an alternative way to become a pro

Promising young British road riders – including Chris Lawless in 2017 – have found a place on Axel Merckx's development team based in the USA

Axel Merckx.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

British riders wanting to develop their cycling career, but who want an alternative to the British Cycling Academy system, can find refuge in the USA with Axel Merckx.

Merckx's Under-23 team helped British riders Alex Dowsett and Tao Geoghegan Hart become professionals, and is now doing so with Chris Lawless.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.