Alexey Vermeulen: ‘As a privateer I am making more than I did in the WorldTour’

Meet the WorldTour racer turned six figure gravel privateer at the front of the pack in America’s changing cycling landscape

Alexey Vermeulen on a road ride
(Image credit: Avery Stumm)

Alexey Vermeulen was going to be America’s next great GC rider. He had solid performances as a junior and U23 rider and was part of the BMC’s development program for two years before signing a two-year contract with LottoNL-Jumbo at just 20 years of age. 

In those two years, the Michigan climber rode 127 races in the yellow-and-black kit. From Classics and Monuments like the Flèche Wallonne, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Strade Bianche and Il Lombardia to the big multi-day events like the Tour Down Under, Abu Dhabi Tour, Tour de Romandie, Tour of California and Criterium du Dauphine. He got a taste of it all, and despite riding in support of his senior team members, Vermeulen showed talent with a Top 5 stage finish at the 2017 Criterium du Dauphine and a bronze medal at the U.S. Pro National Time Trial Championships. 

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