Groves claims stage 6 in Catalunya on teammate’s bike


Kaden Groves exchanged bicycle with Xandro Meurisse before fighting his way back to the peloton and claiming his second stage of Volta a Catalunya ahead of Bryan Coquard.

Despite the suitable terrain on offer for the breakaway and sprinters, the 174-kilometre stage still featured another chapter in the battle between general classification leader Primoz Roglic and Remco Evenepoel.

In the end, both riders took a second off one another from the intermediate sprint bonuses on offer to leave the gap at 10 seconds ahead of the final stage in Barcelona.

“Number one was nice but a second stage win this week, so I’m very happy,” Groves said after the race.

“At about seven or eight kilometres to go I felt my rear tyre had a slow leak. I wasn’t sure whether to stop or not. I was thinking maybe I should do the sprint with it pretty flat. But in the end, I’ve got to thank my directors – they decided that I should do a bike swap with Xandro.

“So, at about 5km to go I stopped and he gave me his bike. Then I got to come back and with the help of Nicola, I got back to the front for the sprint.


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