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Axeon Hagens Berman Reveals Joe Martin Stage Race Line-Up

The same six riders from the Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team who captured the team title at the Redlands Bicycle Classic earlier this month will line up Thursday for the Joe Martin Stage Race.

An All-American line-up of Jonny Brown, Geoffrey Curran, Phil O’Donnell, Justin Oien, Neilson Powless and Chad Young will compete in the four-day USA Cycling Pro Road Tour event in Fayetteville, Ark. A short, uphill time trial and two road races precede a final criterium on Sunday.

Axeon Hagens Berman Sport Director Jeff Louder said the race is much different than the Redlands Bicycle Classic, where Powless was runner-up and Curran finished fourth.

“For starters, we have a prologue that will set the scene for the rest of the race,” Louder said. “So it is not quite as wide open throughout the race. That suits us as everyone is time trialing and climbing well.”

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The Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team won its second team title of the year at the Redlands Bicycle Classic. From left: Phil O’Donnell, Geoffrey Curran, Justin Oien, Chad Young, Neilson Powless and Jonny Brown. (Davey Wilson photo.)

Powless has finished on the podium of both stage races he has competed in this season. He was runner-up at the Redlands Bicycle Classic after winning the Stage 3 time trial and finished third overall at the San Dimas Stage Race. O’Donnell is coming off a top 10 finish Sunday at the USA Cycling Professional Criterium Championships. Brown, who celebrates his 19th birthday this week, finished fourth at the Sea Otter Classic last weekend.

“Everyone is super excited for this race,” Brown said. “The team rode exceptionally well at Redlands, so we are ready to show what we can do at Joe Martin as well. I think everyone has been having the time of their life this season. We all get along super well, so it has been fun racing and hanging out together.”

Joe Martin Stage Race roster (April 21-24):
Riders: Jonny Brown (USA), Geoffrey Curran (USA), Phil O’Donnell (USA), Justin Oien (USA), Neilson Powless (USA), Chad Young (USA). Sport Director: Jeff Louder (USA).

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About Axeon Hagens Berman
The Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team represents the next generation of professional cyclists. Founded in 2009 by former professional cyclist and Olympic bronze medalist Axel Merckx, we are cycling’s premier development program. Through our first seven seasons, we have advanced 18 riders to the WorldTour ranks. Axeon Hagens Berman team and staff work diligently to ensure our program remains the best. Through careful rider selection, instruction and guidance, we annually achieve winning results for a vibrant and original brand that represents the future of the sport. We give future stars their shot to ride against WorldTour teams and prove themselves. #PROVEIT

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