Kaden Groves takes the win in Triptyque’s opening stage
Today’s opening stage in Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux featured a total of 147,1 km that finished with two local laps to a circuit. The day was off to a fast start until three riders make it up the road, with one chaser in between them and the big group for many kilometers. All Academy jersey sat safe and easy in the wheels, saving energy for the final rush. 

The gap opened by the leading group surpassed the 5’30” mark, before the peloton picked up the pace and reduced the time difference. Once the race hit the final local circuit, it came back to one piece so the team started to prepare their trains for the sprint. All six Academy riders committed to work for Kaden Groves, and they put him in the best possible position coming into the final part of the day. 

Despite the hectic finish and the crashes with 2 km to the line, our talented Australian stayed in the front and outpowered all his rivals in the final sprint, taking home his first win of the season. The 2o-year old sprinter will start tomorrow’s double sector as the race leader, as well being on the top of the points classification. An 11-km long TT await the bunch in the morning, followed by a 112 km road stage in the afternoon.