Yates, Matthews… successful season for BikeExchange-Jayco!

Army of various leaders to shine in different terrains, training BikeExchange-Jayco team had a pretty successful year in 2022, with 22 wins. Ranked 16th in the UCI team rankings and secured on the WorldTour for the next three seasons, she particularly shone on the Grand Tours, where she was successful in all three events thanks to Simon Yates, Matteo Sobrero, Michael Matthewsand sprinters Kaden Groves and Dylan Groenewegen. However, the Australian WorldTeam showed less advantage in the one-day races. What were the satisfactions and disappointments this season? Balance sheet.

Video – Simon Yates wins stage 2 of the Giro 2022

8 wins but two retirements at Grand Tours: mixed luck for Simon Yates

On the podium for the first time spin last year, Simon Yates did 106th again tour of italy his big goal for this season. Above all, he was the author of a convincing first part of the season when he took 5th place in the Tour of Andalusia, his first race of the season. Gift from Paris-Nicehe took second place overall – behind the Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) by winning the last stage alone, his first success of the year.

before participating tour of italythe native of Bury played the Tour of Catalonia but did not start the fourth stage. He contested his last race before the first Grand Tour of the season at Tour of Asturias, where he won two victories, despite a failure in the second stage (17th in the final general classification). The British arrive at the beginning of the spin in Budapest with confidence after three wins since the start of the season. In good form at the start, he was successful in the time trial on the second stage.

Caught in a crash during the 4th stage taking the riders to Etna and suffered a broken knee, Simon Yates was the victim of a huge failure in the ninth stage for one of the first explanations among the favorites. 34th at the finish, he had to give up the general classification. For the rest of the race he becomes a stage chaser and takes another prestigious success in Turin on stage 14. However, he will throw in the towel on the 17th stage, still embarrassed by the fall that occurred earlier.

For the second part of the season, the British climber will aim for the general classification of the Tour of Spain. Back in competition at the end of July, he won the Prueba Villafranca – Ordiziako Klasikoa before winning his first stage of the season, the Tour of Castile and León. last meeting before the turnhe finished 6th in Classic San Sebastianwon by Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck Quick-Step). In contact with the favorites in the first stages of the Tour of Spain, was unable to start the 11th stage due to a positive test for Covid-19. Victim of a fall in training, ended up not participating in the Tour of Lombardy at the end of the season.

A successful season for sprinter Dylan Groenewegen

Recruited at the last minute for the Australian national team, the Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen was eagerly awaited in a pure sprinter role on their team. Aligned with saudi tour for his first race of the season he raised his arms from stage 3 before doing so again two days later. If he didn’t find fault with the roads ofUnited Arab Emirates Towerhe then signed a nice second place in the Minerva Bruges-De Panne. Since the beginning of May, with the aim of preparing the Tour de Francethe Amsterdam native raised his arms three times, in the tour of hungaryThe Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic where it evolved in your land, as well as in tour of sloveniayour last test before the big loop.

Assigned co-leader of your team at the beginning of the Tour de France in denmark with Michael Matthews, the Batavian sprinter was quick to prove himself in his favour. 8th in the second stage, he won the next day in the streets of Sonderborg, where he beat Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix). If he couldn’t find fault later, he multiplied the places of honor, 6th in the fifteenth stage, 7th in the 19th stage and still a second place conquered on the Champs Elysées in the 21st and last stage.

For the last part of the season, Groenewegen was a decisive element of the team in the hunt for UCI points. Winner of a stage inNorway’s Arctic Race, he ended his season by competing in several one-day races. Very consistent globally, he distinguished himself by winning 2nd place in the Fourmies Grand Prize it’s from Paris-Chauny3rd place in Flanders Championship and Houtland Circuit especially.

Two wins and good consistency for Michael Matthews

After a decent but unsuccessful 2021 season, Michael Matthews was also much awaited, he who is the 3rd leader of the team next to Simon Yates and Dylan Groenewegen. The Australian launched his season at the Mallorca Challenge at the end of January where he multiplied the places of honor (twice 6th and 4th in particular). For one of his first big goals of the season, he earned a good 4th place in the Milan-San Remo, proof in which it has had good results in the past. At the start of the Tour of Catalonia, bling distinguished himself by raising his arms from the first stage, although unfortunately he had to leave the race during the 3rd stage.

Later, he competed in several Belgian classics where he managed to conquer places of honor: first in the tour of flanders where he finished outside the top 10 (11th), then in the Ardennes Classics where he finished 7th in Brabançonne arrow It’s fromAmstel Gold Race. before participating Tour de Franceone of his big goals for the season, he participates in the tour of switzerland where he won second place on the 4th stage before qualifying on points at the end of the race.

Already winner of three successes on the roads of Tour de France, the Canberra native appeared at the start of the second Grand Tour of the season with big ambitions. Much in his favor in profiles for drillers, he stood out there by finishing twice in 2nd place in the arrivals of Longwy (6th stage) and Lausanne (8th stage). Present in the good tiebreaker that led to the victory, he masterfully won the 14th stage in Mende, five years after the last victory in big loop.

Heralded as one of the line racing favorites of the world championships that happen in their lands, Mateus prepares for this goal in several classics, namely in Canada where it wins second place in the Quebec Grand Prix before ranking 13th the next day in Montreal Grand Prix. After a disjointed final in Wollongong which ended a race behind solo number Remco Evenepoelthe Australian sprinter took 3rd place and won the beautiful bronze medal to end the season.

Kaden Groves hatching

australian sprinter Kaden Groves can be considered one of the revelations of this 2022 season! Relatively unknown to the general public despite some interesting performances last year, it really exploded this year. Author of several places of honor in tour of oman at the beginning of the season, he stood out by finishing on the podium in two stages. Gift from Tour of Catalonia, he signs his first WorldTour success of his young career! Confident after this prestigious victory, he did it again on the occasion of the turkey tour (2nd phase). A regular in the preparation tests for La Vuelta, his first Grand Tour, the future Alpecin Fenix ​​rider does not miss his debut in a three-week race. After several places of honor on the clock, he won stage 11 in a strong sprint.

The Lucas Hamilton Disappointment

Author of interesting performances in one-week races last year, the climber lucas hamilton was also expected this season. In the first three meetings of the season, he failed to finish the races he participated in (abandonment in Valencia Tower, Paris-Nice and the Tour of the Basque Country). Aligned with tour of italy to support your leader Simon Yates, hamilton will finally be there in his favor after the Briton withdrew on the 17th stage. 7th in the 12th stage, completed the spin to an interesting thirteenth place, his best result in a Grand Tour. For the second part of the season, the native of Ararat did not manage to prove himself in his favour, namely finishing in an anonymous 78th place in the final general classification of the Tour of Spain.

BikeExchange-Jayco Team Strengthens for Stage Races in 2023

If the team keeps its main leaders next season, the Jayco AlUla Team got much stronger. Among the main recruits, we note the presence ofEddie Dunbar (INEOS Grenadiers), who should be the second leader in the general classification with Simon Yates. mountain performance, Chris Harper (Jumbo-Visma) should be an interesting addition to Grand Tours and major week-long races. Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Alfa Vinyl) and Alessandro De Marchi coming from training Israel Start-Up Nation, will bring all of your experience to the entire calendar. In addition, the Australian WorldTeam has also invested in young people by hiring Felix Engelhardt, Felipe Zana, blake fast, rudy porter and the ethiopian Welay Hagos Berhe.

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