Dutch sprinter Dylan Groenewegen is back in action in the Middle East as he looks to continue his strong start to the season at the UAE Tour, as Team BikeExchange-Jayco head to the race with all eyes on sprint victories.
The 28-year-old powered to two wins in his debut race for Team BikeExchange-Jayco at the Saudi Tour, and the team will once again be all-in for the Dutchman in the fast finishes in UAE. The sprint train will have added firepower as Campbell Stewart, Kell O’Brien and Kaden Groves come into the line-up, fresh off a successful Tour of Oman that yielded three podium finishes for Groves.
Slovenian Luka Mezgec will continue to develop his relationship with Groenewegen as his final lead out man, with Damien Howson and Sam Bewley rounding out a strong and powerful seven-rider squad.
The fourth edition of the UAE Tour, the only World Tour race in the Middle East, includes a total of 1081 kilometres divided into seven stages. There will be four stages for sprinters, two mountain stages and an individual time trial of approximately 9km on stage three.
Team BikeExchange-Jayco Line-Up:
Sam Bewley (NZL)
Dylan Groenewegen (NED)
Kaden Groves (AUS)
Damien Howson (AUS)
Luka Mezgec (SLO)
Kelland O’Brien (AUS)
Campbell Stewart (NZL)
“I am happy to return to the UAE Tour, the first World Tour race of this new season. I have good memories, especially of my victory in Dubai two years ago.
My condition is quite good, and the two-stage wins at the Saudi Tour have confirmed that I am on the right route. In UAE, I will have solid teammates available to help me in the sprints, and we hope to do a really good job.”
Mathew Hayman (Sport Director):
“After a great start to the year in Saudi with two stage wins, we will be looking to continue to refine our lead-out train, and support Dylan in going after stage wins. We will have Luka back working with Dylan, and he was a big part of both of Dylan’s wins in Saudi.
We will also have Kaden and Campbell coming in who have both shown some great consistency in Oman last week, so our sprint train is looking good.
We don’t have a GC favourite in the race this year so we will be focused on the sprint stages. But, as we know from years of racing in the Middle East, the wind can play a big role in how the stages play out.”
2022 UAE Tour – Race Details:
Sunday, 20th Feb, Stage 1: Madinat Zayed – Madinat Zayed, 185 km
Monday, 21st Feb, Stage 2: Hudayriyat Island – Abu Dhabi Breakwater, 173km
Tuesday, 22nd Feb, Stage 3: Ajman ITT, 9km
Wednesday, 23rd Feb, Stage 4: Fujairah Fort – Jebel Jais, 181km
Thursday, 24th Feb, Stage 5: Ras al Khaimah Corniche – Isola al Marjan, 182 km
Friday, 25th Feb, Stage 6: Expo 2020 Dubai – Expo 2020 Dubai, 180km
Saturday, 26th Feb, Stage 7: Al Ain – Jebel Hafeet, 148km
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