Australian Kaden Groves has been left frustrated to lose his overall lead in the Tour of Slovakia after struggling a mechanical which effectively scuppered any hope of him successful a second successive stage in Kosice.
The 22-365 days-frail had loved a excellent opening to the five-day speed by successful Wednesday’s prologue and had excessive hopes of retaining retain of the jersey in Thursday’s bunch speed denouement after a hilly 158.4km loop spherical the metropolis.
However a dropped chain in the closing couple of kilometres as his Crew BikeExchange colleagues and the different rival speed trains jostled for negate saw him distanced.
Level-headed, Groves battled to claw his plot lend a hand into the fray but there was as soon as no plot he might maybe maybe maybe match Deceuninck-QuickStep’s in most cases immaculate lead out for Alvaro Hodeg.
Colombian Hodeg now not easiest sprinted to victory over triple world champ Peter Sagan, Slovakia’s national hero, but he also usurped Groves as overall leader.
Groves needed to decide for 13th negate in the messy bunch manufacture and is now 9 seconds down in the final classification in fourth negate.
The Australian remained upbeat despite his effort, telling his personnel’s online page: “I dropped my chain when transferring up the aspect with about 1.5 to 2km to toddle which payment me a decision of positions.
“I would be overjoyed with my situation, and I’ve got to thank the guys for his or her commitment these days.
“The next day is one other probability, likely a smaller bunch again with a immediate climb about 15km from the line. It might maybe maybe maybe also simply soundless swimsuit myself correctly be pleased these days.”
It was as soon as also a putrid day for Australia’s 2020 Giro d’Italia runner-up Jai Hindley (Crew DSM), who was as soon as compelled to abandon the speed after crashing earlier in the stage.