After joining Team BikeExchange in October 2019, Kaden Groves quickly settled into the professional peloton and immediately began winning races. The 22-year-old claimed back-to-back Australian criterium championship titles, getting the 2020 and 2021 seasons off to flying starts, before picking up a selection of podium placings in sprint finishes over in Europe.
Team BikeExchange has enjoyed assisting the young Australian with his development, seeing him go from strength to strength and able to snatch his first European victory recently in September, winning the lung-busting 1.6km prologue at the UCI 2.2 Tour of Slovakia.
However, the Australian sprinter achieved less than he hoped for in 2021, suffering multiple setbacks due to injuries, but displayed great resilience and determination, an important trait which Team BikeExchange is pleased to be able to continue working with, as Groves re-signs for 2022.
Brent Copeland, General Manager on Groves:
“We had no doubts in signing Kaden for another season. He has demonstrated throughout the year that he can compete in every sprint finish that he is in. He has been missing that last centimeter to achieve what he deserved during this season, but he is young, and we are sure there is a lot of room for improvement, and we will help him on his route to become one of the best sprinters in the peloton. We really count on him and his continuous development.”
“I’m really excited to extend my contract for one more season with Team BikeExchange, I’m motivated to start next year with the momentum I have from these last few races where I have had a victory and been close to some wins. This year has been particularly tough for me for many different reasons and I’m keen to put it behind me. The team has had my back and supported me the whole way through my injuries and especially my coach Ben Day and teammates, so I never wanted to leave.”
Date of Birth: 23rd December 1998 (22)
Joined GreenEDGE Cycling: 2019 (October)
New Contract: 2022
2021 1st Tour of Slovakia – Prologue
2021 1st Australian Criterium Championships
2020 1st Herald Sun Tour Stage 3 & 5
2020 1st Australian Criterium Championships
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