Lance Armstrong back with Belgian friends

26th September 2008, Comments 0 comments

Axel Merckx, former National Cycling Champion of Belgium, returns to cycling world to aid Lance Armstrong project.

26 September 2008

BELGIUM -- A year after Axel Merckx, former National Cycling Champion of Belgium, said goodbye to cycling he has returned to the cycling world. He has accepted the request to become the sports manager of Trek-Livestrong, the new young reserves team of American Lance Armstrong, among others.

"A couple of weeks ago Lance asked me if I was interested in starting up his new team," said Merckx junior. Axel Merckx is the son of Belgian cycling legend Eddie Merckx.

In reaction to the proposal Merckx said "I was immediately interested and we turned out to be on the same wave length."

"My job will mostly be to attract 10 promising and talented cyclists- mostly American. I will also set them up on a training schedule."

Axel Merckx (36 years old) and Lance Armstrong (37) are contemporaries. In 1995 and 1996 they cycled together for the American Motorola team.

On Wednesday Lance Armstrong announced that he would make his cycling comeback with Belgian cyclist Johan Bruyneel’s Astana team.

"While we looked at other teams and talked to other teams, as a friend and as a long-time partner and as somebody that really trusts Johan on every little decision in the program, I could not ever imagine racing against him or racing without him," Armstrong said.

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