Kaden Groves takes the win in Ronde de l’Isard stage 1
We kicked off the Ronde de l’Isard 2019 as defending champions, following a successful weekend last year that powered our Alumni Stevie Williams to the overall win. It was a fast start and our riders quickly took the responsibility to control the bunch when most of the attacks took place. In the first bunch sprint, we could see a group of 11 riders going through with our Tiago Antunes taking two bonus seconds before the move was brought back. 

When a group of two riders went away, our guys slowed down the pace of the peloton, letting a maximum gap of two minutes, before being later joined by a third rider.  Tiago Antunes, Adam Hartley and Alex Evans drove the pack perfectly and once the race hit the slopes of the last climb of the day (with the summit 30 km away from the line), we set a solid pace all the way which brought the race back in one piece. With 20 km to go, our guys had to chase a solo attacker who put up to thirty seconds to the peloton, but he was brought back with two kilometers to go. In a very fast finale, Thymen Arensman, and Ide Schelling perfectly lead Kaden Groves out and put him in front position coming into the final meters and the Australian sprinter crossed the line with his hands in the air. 

This way Groves seized his fifth UCI win of the season and will start tomorrow’s stage with the yellow jersey as the first leader of the race. Today’s victory also accounts as the 11th UCI win by an Academy rider in less than three months of racing. Tomorrow the riders will tackle hard stage that will feature two first category climbs, with the last peak 40 km away from the line.