Almeida or Geoghegan Hart? Is a Hagens Berman Axeon alumni going to win the Giro d'Italia?

Four stage wins and with two former riders in the hunt for pink, the Giro d'Italia is being dominated by former Hagens Berman Axeon riders

Ineos Grenadiers may have won the most stages at the 2020 Giro d'Italia so far with five, but trailing them with four victories and currently leading the race is the collected alumni of the sport's most successful development team: Hagens Berman Axeon.

As the Italian Grand Tour resumes following its second and final rest day, Portuguese João Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick Step) leads the race by 15 seconds from Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb). The same 22-year-old neo-pro Almeida who was racing for the Axel Merckx-led Hagens Berman Axeon just last year.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.