Axel Merckx on long list for Belgian national coach role

Axel Merckx

Axel Merckx could become the new national coach for Belgian Cycling, but would face stiff competition from fellow former pro Peter Van Petegem, according to a Dutch cycling website. According to Wielerflits.nl , Merckx – who runs the US-based Hagens Berman Axeon Pro Continental team – would be "honoured" to take the role, which has become available following the resignation of Kevin De Weert , who will join Lotto Soudal as their new performance manager. De Weert vacated his position after the UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, last month, where the Belgian national team largely failed to perform, other than in the junior men's events, with Remco Evenepoel winning both the time trial and the road race – although De Weert had already resigned to join Lotto Soudal before the Worlds. Merckx – son of five-time Tour de France winner Eddy Merckx – heads up the Hagens Berman ...

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