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Kaden Groves about Giro break: ‘A little help from the heats’

It wasn’t a great day for Alpecin-Deceuninck or its sprinter, Kaden Groves, after a breakaway stole the podium from the fast men.

Cofidis rider Benjamin Thomas defeated his leading group mates to win stage 5, beating Michael Valgren, EF Education-EasyPost, Andrea Pietrobon (Team Polti Kometa) and Enzo Paleni (Groupama-FDJ). Wednesday’s stage was 178 km, from Genoa to Lucca.

Alpecin-Deceuninck’s tactics under fire

Many in the peloton criticized Groves’ team for their tactics. Alpecin-Deceuninck dominated the first stage, setting a blistering pace on the 15km Passo del Bracco. They initially caused problems for many sprint rivals, but later calmed down. However, when the peloton and sprinter teams tried to turn back the leading group, they were nowhere to be seen.

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“Chapeau Alpecin, eh,” said Edward Theuns of Lidl-Trek after the race. Groves said the break was very quick, but said they might have had some help.

A little help from motorcycles?

“I don’t know, the break was just incredibly fast and I guess some help came from the motos. But these stages happen every now and then,” he said in an interview with Eurosport. “It was a super strong break, and the tailwind probably had a lot to do with it.”

With reduced numbers, Groves struggled in the leadout in the final. He would finish 15th.

The 25-year-old did admit that his team could perhaps have used different tactics. “We used a lot of energy early on, I think that cost us in the end trying to get the break back,” Groves said.

We had a plan and we executed the first part really well, and unfortunately we lost a little bit in the final, but the breakaway still took the win, so I’m still happy to stay up in those finishes.”
Fortunately, there are still some flat stages left in the Giro, so Groves still has a chance of a big result.

Kaden Groves during the break, and what went wrong

“We had a plan and we executed the first part very well. Unfortunately we got a bit lost in the final, but the breakaway still took the win, so I’m still happy to stay up in those finishes.”

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) remains in pink and finishes safely in the peloton. He has 46 seconds on last year’s number two, Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers.)

Thursday’s 180km stage is a tougher day, from Viareggio to Rapolano Terme.

You can watch the Giro on FloBikes.com