Team BikeExchange - Jayco have put their negotiation efforts this winter into keeping their leaders onboard, however still signing - so far - ten riders who will be reinforcing the base and middle of the team. The Australian squad will keep it's priority in the sprints for the coming season.
“We have enjoyed seeing the team step up and challenge for sprint victories throughout the entire season and how the lead-out train has improved to become one of the best in the world,” Brent Copeland, team general manager said. ”It was very important to continue with this momentum, we’ve put a lot of work and resources into our sprint team, and we believe the new riders we have joining the team next year will really help to boost us in this area. We have big ambitions for sprint finishes in 2023.
Groenewegen struck seven wins in 2022, however only one of them was at World Tour level. However, that was at the Tour de France itself, hence making for a very mixed season for the Dutchman. Whilst Michael Matthews remains an option for the sprints, he is much more fitted to the hilly races where success is harder to obtain - Matthews won a stage at the Volta a Catalunya, and another from a Tour de France breakaway this season.
The team counted on Kaden Groves aswell this year to capture sprint success, but with the Australian moving to Alpecin-Deceuninck - now a World Tour team - the options will be narrower. The presence of Luka Mezgec will be important as he will remain the key man in Groenewegen's leadout, whilst the team has maintained it's block of rouleurs who will be of much help in this terrain.
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“Winning stage races is a big goal for us as an organization and we are thrilled to have such diverse and talented riders joining us next year that will be able to support our leaders in stage races," Copeland continued. The signing of Eddie Dunbar was the most prominent as he's said to be leading the team at the Giro d'Italia, however Italian national champion Filippo Zana could be a big outsider and wildcard for 2023.
"... from the high mountains to keeping safe and protected on the flat throughout Grand Tours," he concluded, having also the likings of Zdenek Stybar for the cobbled classics, Alessandro De Marchi for breakaways and Lukas Pöstleberger for further leadout power.