Team BikeExchange-Jayco men head to Belgium this week for a block of five one-day races starting tomorrow, Wednesday 14th September, at Grand Prix de Wallonie.
With a race every few days, the squad plan to rotate riders in and out, bringing in a mixture of fast men and powerhouses suited to the varying terrains the races will present.
Tour de France stage winner Dylan Groenewegen will lead the team in three races that have the potential to come down to a bunch sprint, while Vuelta a España stage winner Kaden Groves will give the team a strong option in Gooikse Pijl, with Dion Smith also taking up lead duties in the opening race of the block.
Team BikeExchange-Jayco Riders:
Jack Bauer (NZL)
Sam Bewley (NZL)
Dylan Groenewgen (NED)
Kaden Groves (AUS)
Chris Juul-Jensen (DEN)
Alex Konychev (ITA)
Kell O’Brien (AUS)
Elmar Reinders (NED)
Dion Smith (NZL)
Campbell Stewart (NZL)
Marceli Boguslawski (POL) – Stagiaire rider
Anders Foldager (DAN) – Stagiaire rider
“I’m feeling in good shape after GP Fourmies, and am looking forward to this block of races.
I’ve enjoyed success at Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen before, where I’ve won and been on the podium a few times, and I’ve been close at Primus Classic too, so we’re heading to those races expecting bunch sprints and I hope to be able to fight for top results.
We’ve got a strong group for these races and we’ll be ready to give it everything.”
Dave McPartland (Sport Director)
“For Wallonie we’ll go all in for Dion, and at Kampioenschap, Primus and Gooikse we’ll have Dylan for the first two of those three races and then Kaden will come in for Gooikse.
The plan is simple: to ride for the sprinter at each of those races. We think the races will be quite controlled and we’re expecting bunch sprints, but if it ends up being the case that the weather plays a part, or the racing gets really aggressive, then we’ve got a team there with a solid classics base who are suited to this style of racing.
At Omloop van het Houtland Dylan will come back in, and we’ll go all in again for him there.”
Grand Prix de Wallonie, race details:
Wednesday, 14th September: Blegny to Citadelle de Namur, 199.7km
Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen race details:
Friday, 16th September: Koolskamp to Koolskamp, 195.3km
Primus Classic, race details:
Saturday, 17th September: Brakel to Haacht, 197.2km
Gooikse Pijl, race details:
Sunday, 18th September: Halle to Gooik, 199km
Omloop van het Houtland, race details:
Wednesday, 21st September: Eernegem to Lichtervelde, 196.4km
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