Campbell storms to her first victory for Team BikeExchange at the Tour de l’Ardèche – Team BikeExchange

Teniel Campbell blasted to her first victory for Team BikeExchange today, by winning the sprint from a 12-rider breakaway on day 6 of the Tour de l’Ardèche, turning things around for the squad after bad luck yesterday, when team bikes were stolen.
The 23-year-old rider from Trinidad and Tobago was helped by her teammates to get into a dangerous breakaway on the lengthy 138.5km stage, after the squad initially missed the move. Working to bring the gap to the 11 escapees back down to 20 seconds, Team BikeExchange gave Campbell, their sprinter, the best chance to launch herself into the move, which she successfully did on a short rise and was able to contest the final.
Remaining calm and collected, Campbell followed the moves and remained in the wheels as they headed to the finish line in Goudargues, before launching to a well-deserved and meaningful victory; her first victory in Team BikeExchange colours.
With just one stage remaining, the team’s general classification hopeful, Ane Santesteban, now sits in third place overall on the same time as second place and just nine seconds down on the race leader Leah Thomas.
Teniel Campbell – Stage 6 winner
“It’s extremely special to win today in so many ways. After what transpired with the bikes yesterday, how everyone kept calm and found solutions instead of freaking out. How everyone remained motivated throughout what seemed at first chaotic! Is completely unreal.
It was a complete team effort from the chef keeping our tummies happy to the staff working tirelessly last night to prepare the bikes, to my teammates chasing the breakaway to help me launch on away on a 700m climb over to the breakaway.

It hurt like hell but the trust from the team and how well we were working these last days really motivated me and gave me a drive and strong urge to get a stage victory here.
Each day we came with a plan to give each other opportunities, constantly backing each other. 
From the start of today the adrenaline and motivation amongst us was really high so I believe everything just transcended and there was an energy flow. 

It’s a first win from me with Team BikeExchange and I will cherish and remember it for a long time as it was such an amazing team effort. The first one for the season does indeed feel extremely good.”
Alejando Gonzales-Tablas – Sport Director
“That finish was really good especially after yesterday and all the hard work from the mechanics to build the bikes and bring bikes from the service course. 

It was always the plan to have Teniel or Jess Allen in the breakaway and we actually missed the initial breakaway of 11 riders and the team had to bring the gap back down so that we could launch Teniel on a short climb.
She actually closed the gap on that short climb really quick and got into the breakaway and that was it, so it was really a team effort to get there and it feels even better when it is the team setting it up and doing the job.
Teniel played it really cool in the breakaway, showing her strength and just keep calm and under control and as planned, going for the sprint and she won it. Tonight we can celebrate and have same champagne after all the stuff that happened yesterday with the bikes.”

2021 Tour de l’Archèche – Stage 6 Results:
1. Teniel Campbell (Team BikeExchange) 3:33:58
2. Nina Kessler ST
3. Lauretta Hanson ST
Tour de l’Ardèche – General Classification after stage 6:
1. Leah Thomas 20:55:08
2. Mavi Garcia +0:09
3. Ane Santesteban (Team BikeExchange) ST
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Team BikeExchange gear up for first Tour of Slovakia appearance – Team BikeExchange

Team BikeExchange will back Australian criterium champion Kaden Groves as they debut at the Tour of Slovakia.

With plenty of opportunities for sprint finishes across the four road stages, Italian Alexander Konychev will be a key member of the lead out train, while Michael Hepburn and Sam Bewley add their experience to the line-up.

Both Chris Juul-Jensen and Amund Grøndahl Jansen return to team duties for the first time since the Tour de France and Singaporean stagiaire Goh Choon Huat will get more European racing experience as he rounds out the seven-rider squad.  

Team BikeExchange at 2021 Tour of Slovakia:
Sam Bewley (NZL)
Amund Grondahl Jansen (NOR)
Kaden Groves (AUS)
Michael Hepburn (AUS)
Chris Juul Jensen (DEN)
Alex Konychev (ITA)
Goh Choon Huat (SG)

Kaden Groves
“I’m really looking forward to the Tour of Slovakia. It’s been a long time away from racing and it has been a rough year for me with injuries, so I’m very motivated and excited to be back with the team.

I think it will be a very nice race with the prologue, which we have a few guys who can do a really good time, and maybe take the jersey from the beginning.

Personally, I’ve been training very well in the last weeks and my goal for Slovakia is to try for a few stages and go for the podium with the great help coming from my strong teammates.”

Gene Bates – Sport Director
“This year’s route is not an overly selective one, we expect most of the stages to come down to a sprint of some sort. Given this, we expect fast racing and potentially a lot of attention at the intermediate sprints.

We have a strong team with powerful riders who will support our sprinter Kaden Groves. But, we have also a very adaptable team and, given some of the stage profiles, will be ready to change race strategy according to the evolution of the stage.

Kaden is in a good shape, he comes from a solid block of preparation, and he is happy to be participating in a race that should offer several opportunities to the sprinters”

2021 Tour of Slovakia Race Details:
Wednesday, 15th September: Prologue, Košice, 1.6km
Thursday, 16th September: Stage 1, Košice to Košice, 158km
Friday, 17th September: Stage 2, Spišské Podhradie to Dolny Kubin, 179km
Saturday, 18th September: Stage 3, Dolny Kubin to Povazska Bystrica, 193km
Sunday, 19th September: Stage 4, Trenčianske Teplice to Trnava, 159km

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Santesteban climbs to 4th to catapult herself up to 2nd on the general classification in Ardeche – Team BikeExchange

Spanish climber Ane Santesteban has once again shown her continuously building form, by climbing to a strong fourth place on today’s summit finish stage at Cycliste Féminin de l’Ardeche. The strong performance on the tough 119.6km stage sees the 30-year-old climb the overall classification into second position.

Santesteban had teammate Lucy Kennedy by her side towards the final, on the penultimate climb, before Ruth Winder attacked away from the group and was able to hold off the chasers to take a solo victory.

Santesteban dug deep up the final first category ascent and was able to finish in fourth place, on the same time as race leader Leah Thomas who finished second place and third place Mavi Garcia

The Team BikeExchange rider will start tomorrow’s fifth stage in second place overall just nine seconds down on Thomas and on the same time as Garcia, who currently sits in third place.

Ane Santesteban – 4th place
“The team was awesome again today. They keep me out of trouble and out of the wind all day and the last two climbs were hard. There were some moves from the main general classification riders, and we had to control them

Today we actually had the plan to try to go for the stage win with Lucy Kennedy. The girls perfectly executed the plan, and she was able to get away. In the end, she missed some good legs but I’m sure she will find again her moment here and finish her career in the best way. This is the same place where everything started for her as a professional cyclist.

I am really motivated and feeling confidence for the next three stages. It’s so nice to see how strong we are as a team. That really helps me. Fourth place in the end today and now up to second place overall, so it is exciting.”

2021 Cycliste Féminin de l’Ardeche – Stage 4 results:
1. Ruth Winder 3:28:23
2. Leah Thomas +2:18
3. Mavi Garcia +2:18
4. Ane Santesteban (Team BikeExchange) +2:18

General Classification after stage 4:
1. Leah Thomas 13:44:39
2. Ane Santesteban (Team BikeExchange) +0:09
3. Mavi Garcia +0:09

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Team BikeExchange to debut at Tour de Luxembourg – Team BikeExchange

Team BikeExchange will make their debut at the Tour de Luxembourg with an attack-minded squad on the hunt for stage wins and a strong general classification challenge.

Estonian Tanel Kangert will lead the team’s GC charge and he will aided by the returning Esteban Chaves and young neo-pro Kevin Colleoni on the climbs. Veteran Brent Bookwalter will provide valuable experience, while Jack Bauer and Callum Scotson add power to the squad for the five days of racing.

Team BikeExchange at Tour de Luxembourg:
Jack Bauer (NZL)
Brent Bookwalter (USA)
Esteban Chaves (COL)
Kevin Colleoni (ITA)
Tanel Kangert (EST)
Callum Scotson (AUS)

Tanel Kangert:
“It’s going to be my first time racing at the Tour of Luxembourg and already this fact is exciting for me. I don’t really know what to expect from the race course, I guess it will be tough and demanding with no real big climbs, but lots of medium size climbs. 

My training has been done on super flat roads in the last weeks, so it will be interesting to see how I can climb coming from flatlands.”

Mat Hayman (Sports Director):
“It’s not a WorldTour race but we still have eight strong WorldTour teams lining up and teams getting ready for a final push of the season, whether it’s the World Championships or the last big one-day races of the year.

It’s a five-day stage race with a 25km time trial on the penultimate stage, which will have a big impact on the general classification. But before we get to that TT, Luxembourg is known for its hilly, punchy climbs, nothing too long, but when they put them back-to-back it can crate an aggressive style of racing.

We’re looking to be involved in some aggressive racing, we go there without a sprinter, without a pure time trialist, so we’re going to have to be firing on every stage. We’re looking forward to it and we have some riders in some great form, Tanel is moving well, Jack Bauer was moving well last week in Benelux and we have Esteban Chaves coming back after a little break after the Olympics.

2021 Tour of Luxembourg – Race Details:
Tuesday, 14th September: Stage 1, Luxembourg-City – Luxembourg-City, 140km              
Wednesday 15th September: Stage 2, Steinfort – Esch-sur-Sûre, 186.1km             
Thursday 16th September: Stage 3, Mondorf-les-Bains – Mamer, 189.3km           
Friday 17th September: Stage 4, Dudelange – Dudelange, 25.4km TT                     
Saturday 18th September: Stage 5, Mersch – Luxembourg-City, 183.7km

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Team BikeExchange women stacked with climbers for Cycliste Feminin de L’Ardeche as Kennedy lines-up for her final race – Team BikeExchange

Team BikeExchange women make a quick turn-around and return to action tomorrow for the week-long Cycliste Feminin de L’Ardeche, a hilly French race which is renowned for its challenging parcourse.

The team is stacked with climbing talent and is looking for a strong showing following on from an aggressive four-days of racing last week, at the Ceratizit Challenge. Australian climber Lucy Kennedy is set to make the final racing appearance of her career at the event, having recently announced her retirement from professional cycling.

Fresh from multiple top-15 placings over the past weeks, Ane Santesteban has shown strong form and will be joined by Australian climber Amanda Spratt, with puncheur Janneke Ensing, Teniel Campbell and Jess Allen making it a well-balanced six-rider squad.

Team BikeExchange at the Tour Cycliste Feminin de L’Ardeche:
Jess Allen (AUS)
Teniel Campbell (TTO)
Janneke Ensing (NED)
Lucy Kennedy (AUS)
Ane Santesteban (ESP)
Amanda Spratt (AUS)

Lucy Kennedy
I have very good memories from Ardeche, having won it on the Australian national team in 2017. We have great depth on our team here and most of us have arrived from Ceratizit Challenge by la Vuelta where we combined well. We’ll build on that and are motivated to turn it into strong results. 

I have very mixed emotions starting my final race. I don’t want it to just slip by, but I want to make it a really positive and memorable week, and to just appreciate the incredible experience of being a professional bike rider.

As far as the Ardeche courses go, this is one of the less challenging editions on paper, but every stage has varied and challenging terrain. By this time in the season, some riders in the peloton are tired while others are coming to peaks, which makes the tactics and racing quite unpredictable. We have the depth to be adaptable to all kinds of scenarios.”

2021 Tour Cycliste Feminin de L’Ardeche Race Details:
Wednesday, 8th September: Stage 1, Aubenas to Barjac, 115km
Thursday, 9th September: Stage 2, Anneyron to Beauchastel. 122.6km
Friday, 10th September: Stage 3, Avigon to Avignin, 133.8km
Saturday, 11th September: Stage 4, Aumont-Aubrace to Mont Lozère, 119.6km
Sunday, 12th September: Stage 5, St Jean en Royans to St Jean en Royans, 113.5km
Monday, 13th September: Stage 6, Anduze to Anduze, 138.5km
Tuesday, 14th September: Stage 7, Le Pouzin to Privas 81.5km

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