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Groenewegen & Groves lead Team BikeExchange-Jayco sprint train in Veenendaal & Köln – Team BikeExchange Jayco

Sprint stars Dylan Groenewegen and Kaden Groves will lead Team BikeExchange-Jayco this weekend as the fast finishers go on the hunt for victories at two one-day races, the Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic and Rund um Köln.
 
Alongside Groenewegen and Groves will be a young and hungry lead out train, with Campbell Stewart, Kelland O’Brien and Alexander Konychev returning to action, while new Zealander’s Sam Bewley and Dion Smith will provide valuable experience to the seven-rider line-up.
 
Tomorrow’s Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic is a race of 197.9km in the Netherlands, while on Sunday the squad will move to Germany for Rund um Köln, for another 199.3km of racing.
 
Team BikeExchange-Jayco Line-Up:
Sam Bewley (NZL)
Dylan Groenewegen (NED)
Kaden Groves (AUS)
Alexander Konychev (ITA)
Kelland O’Brien (AUS)
Dion Smith (NZL)
Campbell Stewart (NZL)
 
Dylan Groenewegen:
“It was great being back with the team at the Tour of Hungary after a long training block. We came home with a strong stage victory in the second to last day which gave us a lot of confidence for the future.
 
It’s never easy to come back into races after an ‘off’ period, but now we will have an intense period of races, and this will be really helpful to get back on the right track for our big goals of the season. This weekend should be good racing as the competition is high and we have a strong team.”
 
Tristan Hoffman – Sport Director:
“After a stage victory in Hungary with Dylan, we are happy to be back racing so soon to keep the excitement going. Dylan proved to be in great form and if we help him to be in the right position, not many riders can beat him in the final metres.
 
At Veenendaal we will try again with him. On the other hand, at Rund um Koln, we might evaluate to play both of our best cards there. After a period of break, Kaden Groves will be back racing and with the great performances he had at the beginning of the season, he could also be a valid option on Sunday.
 
We have a strong line up to support Dylan and Kaden during the weekend, with young talents that are growing in the team and have the capability to support them against the highest competitors.”
 
Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic – Race Details:
Saturday, 21st May: Veenendaal – Veenendaal (197.9km)
 
Rund um Köln – Race Details:
Sunday, 22nd May: Köln – Köln (199.3km)
 
Photo: Getty Images

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

Wet and filthy stage three in Hungary brings out the TNN train

The rain came down across northeastern Hungary on stage three of the Tour de Hongrie with Team Novo Nordisk shaking off the raindrops over the closing kilometers to provide sprinter Andrea Peron with an almost perfect lead out train into the final.

Almost perfect. Almost because of an untimely and unfortunate mechanical with 300m to go as Peron freewheeled to the line as the sprint unfolded around him.

Andrea Peron:

“The guys were incredible today. Truly. I don’t remember the last time we were all lined out at the front like that over the last ten kilometers. One by one the guys emptied themselves and peeled off right up to the final kilometer. I was in a great position going into the sprint and it’s just bad luck that I had a mechanical at that moment.”

“It can happen to anyone and we’re already looking ahead to tomorrow, it will be the last opportunity to try and do something in the sprint and If we ride like we did today we’ve got every chance of achieving a result.”

Head sports director Massimo Podenzana:

“We did everything right today and had some bad luck there at the end. Of course, it’s disappointing because Andrea was so well positioned and after the work the guys did bringing him to the front, he had every chance of a good result, but it happens and it’s already past.”

“Tomorrow is another chance, and it will be a longer day and hopefully in much drier conditions. We need to stay organized like we did today and collectively save our energy to work for Andrea in the final to give him the opportunity to do his sprint from the best possible position.”

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Sprint train derailed by crash, first non-top-10 finish for Greipel in Turkey

When a bunch of riders hit the deck in the fourth stage of the Tour of Turkey (no ISN-riders were involved), the sprinting ambitions of the team were demolished.

The fourth stage in the Tour of Turkey featured some beautiful coastal roads and impressive views of the Mediterranean Sea. The race started close to the old castle of Alanya, heading through Antalya, and finishing in Kemer.

It was a little bit windy on the open ocean roads and Israel Start-Up Nation tried to set up echelons. The wind was not hard enough though, so apart from a few riders dropping off the back, it was not quite successful.

It was clear that @TeamIsraelSUN did not want to simply ride to the finish for another bunch sprint. The team instead chose a more aggressive style of racing, while making sure the sprint train would stay in position for the final.

ISN was, in the last kilometers of racing, betting once more on sprinter Andre Greipel, who had finished top-10 in every single stage of the Tour of Turkey so far.

It was both the hard battling for positions and the crash with a few hundred meters to go that derailed ISN’s sprint train. The boys lost each other’s wheels, and the chance for another sprinting success was eliminated.

Fortunately, none of the ISN-riders hit the deck. Unfortunately, there was no way to salvage a good result for Andre Greipel.

Tomorrow is the first day with proper elevation in the Tour of Turkey. Instead of working hard for Greipel, the team will go all-out for climber Sebastian Berwick.

#TUR2021 #YallaISN

— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com