Three days and three steps on the podium for Kaden Groves at the Tour of Turkey

Last year it took almost an entire season for Kaden Groves to visit every step of the podium, but now the Aussie sprinter has amassed a first, second and third in the Tour of Turkey alone, even if the race doesn’t count only three steps.

The 23-year-old BikeExchange-Jayco rider started with a third-place finish on Stage 1, then jumped straight to the top step – of both the stage and the overall – when he came out from the wheel of Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) to claim victory. on Stage 2. Groves then completed a full lap of the podium steps taking second place on Tuesday, when Philipsen turned the tables in a close battle.

“I can’t fault the guys yet today, I think it’s been a really good week so far,” Groves said in a statement after Stage 3. “Again we showed today Today we are super organized in the lead and everyone did a really good job.

“In the end, I was simply beaten by the fastest man.”

Second place gave Groves his tenth trip to the podium so far this year, meaning he has already more than doubled his podium total from last season. The same goes for his win tally, with the Stage 2 win being his second of the year – the first to come at Volta a Catalunya.

The Queenslander’s turnaround began at the end of the 2021 season, as the runner began to bounce back from a series of setbacks and picked up his first European victory in September. Prior to that, the rider – who claimed his first international victory in China aged 18 – had not climbed the top step for an individual victory since February 2020, when he won two stages of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Australia.

Groves’ stream of podium results this season has firmly established the rider as a valuable part of the BikeExchange-Jayco reinforcement sprint group, with Dylan Groenewegen joining the team at the start of the season following the return of Michael Matthews in 2021.

Groves also topped the overall Tour of Turkey standings following his stage 2 win, but second place on stage 3 meant he had to hand over the race leader’s turquoise jersey to Philipsen.

Still, it’s not something the BikeExchange-Jayco rider expected he could hold out for too long anyway because, while Groves showed he could hold out through some climbs, the finish at the top of the Stage 4 should mix even the sturdiest of fast finishers into the overall results array of the eight-day race.

Sprinters should wait to try their luck at the Stage 5 finish line in Ayvalık.

“We are confident for the future, we have the GC stage tomorrow with Kevin [Colleoni] and we’re taking each day at a time and things are looking good,” Groves said. “Everyone stayed up today, no accidents, we are all healthy and ready for the rest of the week.”