Team BikeExchange-Jayco will race Dwars door het Hageland and Elfstedenronde respectively this Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June, with sprinter Kaden Groves looking for a top result in each.
The young Australian, who has two victories to his name this season – including his first WorldTour stage win, achieved in Catalunya – will be the team’s focal point for a result in each race, backed by a strong squad that blends speed, youth and experience.
Michael Hepburn and Callum Scotson will provide plenty of know-how across the two demanding days of racing, with Campbell Stewart and Alex Konychev both offering support. Kell O’Brien, who achieved an impressive top-10 result in Belgium earlier this season at Dwars door Vlaanderen, will complete the line-up as the team targets top rewards in Flanders.
Dwars door het Hageland will see the riders tackle 181.6km from Aarschot to Diest, with a series of loops taking in the finish line three times before the finale. With a short, sharp uphill finish, it promises to be an explosive end to the race.
A flatter parcours awaits the riders on Sunday in Bruges, where the 192.3km race finishes with a circuit that completes seven laps before the line.
Team BikeExchange-Jayco Line-Up:
Kaden Groves (AUS)
Michael Hepburn (AUS)
Alexander Konychev (ITA)
Kelland O’Brien (AUS)
Callum Scotson (AUS)
Campbell Stewart (NZL)
“Everyone’s looking forward to racing this weekend, and we’re expecting them to be really tough days, with a bit of gravel as well on Saturday.
The goal is to try and get some wins, and we’ve got a good team for the sprint so hopefully everything will come back for a sprint finish.”
David McPartland – Sport Director:
“We’re heading to Belgium to get some good results. Kaden will lead the team on both days and the riders we’re taking are there to support him.
Saturday is a loop around Hageland, with an uphill cobbled section for the finish, but Kaden can handle himself on cobbles so hopefully we can get a good result there.
Then on Sunday, at Elfsteden, there are some cobbled sectors again, and then there’s a circuit for the final. It’s pretty straightforward, pan flat, and again we’ll be going for a result with Kaden.”
2022 Dwars door het Hageland – Race Details:
Saturday, 11th June: Aarschot to Diest, 181.6km
2022 Elfstedenronde – Race Details:
Sunday, 12th June: Bruges to Bruges, 192.3 km
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