Geoghegan Hart and Hagens Berman Axeon set to announce stagiaire rider

Tao Geoghegan Hart
Tao Geoghegan Hart (Image credit: Timo Spurr / @timoespurio)

Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos Grenadiers) and Axel Merckx are on the cusp of announcing the rider for the stagiaire position on Hagens Berman Axeon and will break the news in the next few days.

In June applications were opened for the role with Geoghegan Hart – a graduate from Merckx’s U23 team – agreeing to sponsor a spot that was created in order to open pathways for riders and improve cultural and racial diversity within the sport of cycling.

According to Merckx, roughly a dozen strong applications were received with the team balancing out a number of factors before deciding on their selection.

“We had about a dozen applications and they were good. It was an interesting process and both Tao and I are really excited about the programme that’s coming up. It’s going to be great,” Merckx told Cyclingnews.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.