I Am Specialized is a documentary series that focuses on the daily routines and lives of professional road racers while leading up to the most critical races of the 2016 season. Throughout the year, it will follow fan-favorites: Peter Sagan, Tom Boonen, Lizzie Armitstead, Alberto Contador, and the Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team.

In this episode of I Am Specialized, Specialized follows Axel Merckx and his Axeon Hagens Berman cycling team.

In a past life, Axel Merckx was a Giro stage winner, Belgian National Champion, and Olympic medalist. Today, he's the owner and general manager of the finest U23 outfit in the world, Axeon Hagens Berman. We caught up with him and the team ahead of the AMGEN Tour of California to learn what motivates him, the underlying ethos of the Axeon squad, and what he hopes to capture with the future stars of cycling.