Team BikeExchange-Jayco heads to Catalunya with multi-pronged attack

Stage hunting is on the agenda for Team BikeExchange-Jayco as the team heads to the Volta a Catalunya, which starts on Monday, March 21st.

Fresh off the back of a stage win and an outstanding ride to second place overall at Paris-Nice, Simon Yates has been recovering from a mild non-Covid related illness in the wake of the French race, and will arrive in Spain looking to continue building on his early-season form.

Michael Matthews, who will come into the race straight after tackling Milan-San Remo, will target stage wins, as will young sprint talent Kaden Groves, who recently took his first WorldTour podium at Tirreno-Adriatico.

The team goes to Catalunya with an experienced and diverse line-up that will provide support across all seven stages, with Michael Hepburn, Damien Howson, Chris Juul Jensen and Callum Scotson all part of the seven-rider formation.

The opening day’s stage, which starts and finishes in the coastal town of Sant Feliu de Guíxols, serves up a hilly parcours as does Stage 2, before the race heads into what will surely be the definitive third and fourth stages in the mountains. A flat Stage 5 – the longest of the race at 206.2km – will offer the sprinters a clear chance to fight for the win, with the race finishing up with two mid-mountain stages that could provide further drama in the overall battle for victory.

Team BikeExchange-Jayco Line-Up:
Kaden Groves (AUS)
Michael Hepburn (AUS)
Damien Howson (AUS)
Chris Juul Jensen (DEN)
Michael Matthews (AUS)
Callum Scotson (AUS)
Simon Yates (GBR)

Kaden Groves:
“I feel like my shape’s continued improving with every race we’ve done, and I’m heading to Catalunya hungry to get a result. We’re going there with a really strong team, and I’m excited about testing myself against the best once again.

There are a few different stages that could offer us opportunities, and especially with the range of talent we have I think we can go there with our confidence high.

Coming off the back of Milano-Torino, it was a disappointing end to the race for us obviously, but I’ll just use that as more motivation here!”

Gene Bates (Sport Director):

“We head to Catalunya with a very strong team, and see some good opportunities for stage wins throughout the week. Simon is recovering well after his superb performance at Paris-Nice, and we’ll be targeting those key mountain stages with him.

There are some days that could also really suit Michael Matthews, and with Kaden Groves growing in confidence and experience this season and with the form he’s shown, we’re expecting him to have an opportunity to get a result here too.”

2022 Volta a Catalunya – Race Details:
Monday, 21st March, Stage 1: Sant Feliu de Guíxols – Sant Feliu de Guíxols, 171.2km
Tuesday, 22nd March, Stage 2: L’Escala – Perpignan, 202.4km
Wednesday, 23rd March, Stage 3: Perpignan – La Molina, 161.1km
Thursday, 24th March, Stage 4: La Seu d’Urgell – Boí Taüll, 166.7km
Friday, 25th March, Stage 5: La Pobla de Segur – Vilanova i la Geltrú, 206.2km
Saturday, 26th March, Stage 6: Salou – Cambrils, 167.6km
Sunday, 27th March, Stage 7: Barcelona – Barcelona, 138.5km

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