Team BikeExchange-Jayco heads into an intense week of racing, with a block of four races taking place in Germany, Belgium and France, to which the team takes a strong group of riders targeting top results as the season reaches its climax.
First up is Sparkassen Münsterland Giro, where Dutch sprinter Dylan Groenewegen will lead, before the hop across to Belgium for Binche – Chimay – Binche the following day where the team will take a more opportunistic approach.
Groenewegen will then join back up with the squad in France for Paris-Bourges and in Belgium for the Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen, where he’ll again be the designated rider for the Australian outfit’s ambitions after four close podium placings in recent weeks, as the team aims high in this final stretch of the 2022 campaign.
Team BikeExchange-Jayco line-up:
Jack Bauer (NZL)
Luke Durbridge (AUS)
Anders Foldager (DEN) – Stagiaire rider, Binche & Paris Bourges only
Dylan Groenewegen (NED) – Münsterland. Paris Bourges & Rik Van Steenbergen only
Alex Konychev (ITA)
Jan Maas (NED) – Binche & Paris Bourges only
Luka Mezgec (SLO) – Münsterland & Rik Van Steenbergen only
Elmar Reinders (NED)
Campbell Stewart (NZL) – Münsterland only
“It’s a busy end to the season and we’ve shown good form in recent races, but have missed out on the kind of result we want and which our efforts have deserved.
Now we have a chance to finish strong and we’ll be targeting big results across these races. I’m looking forward to giving it everything over the next week and with the team we have I’m confident we can have something to celebrate.”
Tristan Hoffman (Sport Director)
“Münsterland is a real sprinters’ race, so all the focus will be on Dylan. I believe after the recent races that Dylan is really motivated to get the victory there, so we’ll be all in for him.
Then we have Binche, where there’ll be a difficult finish with a cobblestone climb just before finish. It’s an open race for us, we won’t start with one leader, we will take our chance to go in the breakaway and ride
At Paris-Bourges there are some smaller climbs, where the focus will be on Dylan and trying to get the bunch sprint lined up and leading him out. There are some tricky parts of the race, so we’ll need to pay attention. Then we have Rik Van Steenbergen, which is a typical sprinters’ race with some local laps. It’s totally flat, and again there we’ll focus on the bunch sprint and trying to get Dylan into a position to go for the win.”
Sparkassen Münsterland Giro, race details:
Monday, 3rd October: Telgte to Münster, 205.9km
Binche – Chimay – Binche, race details:
Tuesday, 4th October: Binche to Binche, 198.6km
Paris – Bourges, race details:
Thursday, 6th October: Gien to Bourges, 198km
Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen, race details:
Sunday, 9th October: Arendonk to Aankomst, 175km
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