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Alpecin-Fenix add American U23 rider Edward Anderson for 2021

CEYZERIAT FRANCE AUGUST 07 Arrival Edward Anderson of The United States and Team Hagens BermanAxeon during the 32nd Tour de LAin 2020 Stage 1 a 140km stage from MontralLaCluse to Ceyzriat 304m tourdelain TOURDELAIN TDA on August 07 2020 in Ceyzeriat France Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images
Edward Anderson finishes stage 1 of the 2020 Tour de L'Ain (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Alpecin-Fenix has tapped the talent pool at Hagens Berman Axeon and added American Edward Anderson to its 2021 roster, according to a report by Wielerflirts. Anderson has been with the US-based team, last year with a Continental licence, since 2017.

Anderson had a solid 2019 season, finishing fourth overall in the best young rider classification at the Amgen Tour of California, then fifth in the same honors at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. He charged to a second-place finish on gravel at the Belgian Waffle Ride in San Diego, California, just 10 seconds behind WorldTour rider Peter Stetina. In the abbreviated 2020 season, he had a top 10 finish in the Giro Ciclistico D'Italia.

The 22-year-old joins a growing list of alumni from the development team managed by Axel Merckx who have graduated to race with bigger organisations, two of the most prominent riders from the 2020 Giro d’Italia being Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos Grenadiers), overall winner, and João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep), fourth overall.

On Wednesday, Anderson took to Instagram and wrote: “As 2020 comes to a close, so does my fourth and final year with [Hagens Berman Axeon]. It seems like just yesterday I arrived at my first team camp in Calabasas, CA. I cannot thank all of the riders and staff enough for four incredible years with such a terrific program, and for helping me become the person and bike racer that I am today. I made lifelong friends and shared experiences that I will cherish forever. Thank you [Axel Merckx] for believing in me, and for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Alpecin-Fenix have 27 riders and two neo-pros on its roster for next season, according to the UCI web site, led by the reigning cyclo-cross World Champion Mathieu van der Poel. The Belgian ProTeam recently added two WorldTour riders - UAE Team Emirates sprinter Jasper Philipsen and Silvan Dillier from AG2R La Mondial, as well as Austrian U23 time trial champion Tobias Bayer, Edward Planckaert from Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, Lionel Taminiaux from Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles and Xandro Meurisse from Circus-Wanty Gobert.

As the top-ranked ProTeam in 2020, Alpecin-Fenix has earned automatic invitations for next year's WorldTour races, including the three Grand Tours and the five one-day Monuments.

Alpecin-Fenix roster for 2021

  • Edward Anderson (USA)
  • Tobias Bayer (AUT)
  • Dries De Bondt (BEL)
  • Floris De Tier (BEL)
  • Silvan Dillier (SUI)
  • Jimmy Janssens (BEL)
  • Alexander Krieger (GER)
  • Senne Leysen (BEL)
  • Marcel Meisen (GER)
  • Tim Merlier (BEL)
  • Xandro Meurisse (BEL)
  • Sacha Modolo (ITA)
  • Jasper Philipsen (BEL)
  • Edward Planckaert (BEL)
  • Alexander Richardson (GBR)
  • Jonas Rickaert (BEL)
  • Oscar Riesebeek (NED)
  • Kristian Sbaragli (ITA)
  • Diether Sweeck (BEL)
  • Lionel Taminiaux (BEL)
  • Scott Thwaites (GBR)
  • Ben Tullett (GBR)
  • Petr Vakoc (CZE)
  • David van der Poel (NED)
  • Mathieu van der Poel (NED)
  • Otto Vergaerde (BEL)
  • Gianni Vermeersch (BEL)
  • Louis Vervaeke (BEL)
  • Philipp Walsleben (GER)
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