Inside the talent factory team that has produced dozens of WorldTour riders

Axeon Hagens Berman team manager Axel Merckx explains the secrets behind his team's success

Alex Dowsett, Taylor Phinney, and Ian Boswell are just three of the WorldTour pros to have come out of Axel Merckx's team

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Axel Merckx is thankful for the many successful amateurs who he helped become professionals because they are giving back to his U.S. team Axeon Hagens Berman.

Merckx, son of cycling great Eddy Merckx, has been managing the team for nine years turning it into something of a talent factory, producing recent professionals Taylor Phinney (Cannondale-Drapac), Alex Dowsett (Movistar), and Ian Boswell and Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Sky).

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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.