Groves: “I never thought I’d win like that”


The Australian Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck), winner of the classification of the Vuelta 2023 Regularity, admitted after his victory in the final stage in Madrid that he did not “imagine winning like this”, after overcoming Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-Quick Step) and after was from a getaway that didn’t quite catch the peloton for the sprint.

“Of course, I never thought I would win this way. I want to win the stage and keep the green jersey, but Going on a vacation was not my intention. Remco this morning was a threat to the green jersey, and I suspected he would try something. Not so much to get the green jersey, but to try to win the stage. I knew I had to follow him,” he explained.

For Groves “The ending is very interesting.” “I don’t want to take over in the last kilometer, but obviously it will cancel my sprint. We were all watching each other and that meant we got behind the peloton. But I know that when I’m in the sprint I can get a little extra and Remco’s throw in the last few hundred meters was a big advantage for me,” he added, explaining the end of the race with a breakaway of five very strong men from the peloton.

For the sprinter who introduced himself to the general public by winning a sprint in Cabo de Gata, in the 2021 edition, it was “special” to become the first Australian to win the points classification at the Vuelta, which he thanked his team for . “Because without him it wouldn’t have been possible.

“We had a great month here in Spain and we prepared well together. This win and this jersey, like my third stage of victory, means a lot to me,” explained the Australian in his happiness.

Source: La Verdad


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