Get to know more about the 2022 Team BikeExchange-Jayco Tour de France Team

Eight-riders from six different countries, with ages ranging from 27 to 37 – here’s some more information about our team for the 2022 Tour de France, so you can get to know a little more about the riders behind the results.

Jack Bauer – 37 – New Zealand
Luke Durbridge – 31 – Australia
Dylan Groenewegen – 29 – Netherlands
Amund Grøndahl Jansen – 28 – Norway
Chris Juul-Jensen – 32 – Denmark
Michael Matthews – 31 – Australia
Luka Mezgec – 34 – Slovenia
Nick Schultz – 27 – Australia

Jack Bauer (NZL, 37) – 7th appearance

Jack Bauer is from Parapara in the South Island of New Zealand and his real name is actually ‘Hans Jacob’ taken from his father’s side of the family in Germany. As a ‘country boy,’ Bauer loves all things outdoors and often is found gardening and building things. Bauer came so close to taking a Tour de France stage victory on stage 15 of the 2014 edition, escaping and only being caught 20 metres from the finish line.

Luke Durbridge (AUS, 31) – 8th appearance
The rider from Perth is the most experienced rider in this year’s team for the Tour de France, lining-up for his eighth appearance in the event. ‘Durbo’ returns to Copenhagen for the first time since taking the U23 world championship title in the time trial discipline back in 2011 and will be a key member of the squad’s ‘engine room’ during the three-week race. 

Dylan Groenewegen (NED, 29) – 5th appearance
Coming from a family of cyclists, Groenewegen was born into the sport with his father owning a bike shop in Amsterdam. His grandfather built his first ever bike when he was a small child and after starting to race himself at a young age, Groenewegen quickly realised he had a talent for sprinting and began working to become one of the best sprinters in the world. 

After eight months of racing on a professional team, Groenewegen won his first professional race and quickly went on to win big with four stage victories in the Tour de France to date.

Amund Grøndahl Jansen (NOR, 28) – 5th appearance

A master of languages, Amund can speak five languages fluently (Norwegian, English, Dutch, Spanish and Catalan) and two more at a very high level (French, Italian). Amund lives in Andorra and at home with his partner, he speaks in both Spanish and Catalan. From a small town in Norway, the 28-year-old used to travel to school by bike in the summer and skies in the wintertime and as one of his many talents, Amund can play the guitar at a high level. The Norwegian rider has tasted success before at the Tour de France having won the team time trial event on stage two of the 2019 edition in Brussels with his former team.

Chris Juul-Jensen (DEN, 32) – 5th appearance 
Since joining Team BikeExchange-Jayco in 2016, Juul-Jensen established himself as one of the best domestiques in the bunch and has the nickname within the squad as ‘The Joker’ for his great humour and talkative nature. The 32-year-old was born in County Wicklow, Ireland and lived there until the age of 16 before spending his adult life in Copenhagen, Denmark; therefore this year’s Tour de France start is a special and meaningful one for ‘The Joker’.

Michael Matthews (AUS, 31) – 7th appearance
The 2010 U23 road world champion is among the few sprinters to have won stages in all three Grand Tours and claimed the coveted Green Jersey at the 2017 Tour de France. Matthews racked up 18 victories in addition to a silver medal at the 2015 World Championships during his first spell with GreenEDGE Cycling, before moving away and returning to the team once again in 2021. Off the bike, Matthews has a passion for cars and has a nickname within the team as ‘Bling’ for his love for jewellery and all things shiny. Lining-up for his seventh Tour de France, the Australian rider is one of the most experienced in the team when it comes to TDF success and will be looking for more stage wins in 2022 to add to his tally.

Luka Mezgec (SLO, 34) – 3rd appearance
Having proven himself to be one of the top lead-out riders in the peloton, Mezgec has been a big part of many of the team’s victories but has numerous wins to his name as well. In 2017, Mezgec won three national titles in three different disciplines, Road Race, MTB XC and Cyclo Cross, displaying his versatile nature. The 34-year-old has a passion for coffee and after finishing in second place on two agonisingly close occasions in his Tour de France debut in 2020, Luka is hungry to become a Tour de France stage winner.

Nick Schultz (AUS, 27) – Debut appearance
Making his own pathway into cycling through Dutch, French, Spanish amateur and continental teams, having moved from Australia to Europe as an under 23 rider, ‘Schultzie’ can speak French and Spanish fluently. The rider from Brisbane occasionally plays the guitar in his spare time and has dreamed about a Tour de France start all of his career which will finally come true on Friday.