GYMPIE'S cycling phenomenon Kaden Groves has taken out his first international stage win at the Tour of Fuzhou in China last week.
It is the 18-year-old's first victory in a Union Cycliste Internationale event and out paced the first two stage winners, Latvia's Maris Bogdanovics and Ukrainian Mykhaylo Kononenko.
Groves races for St-George continental under Brett Dutton, an Olympic medallist a well known face in international cycling circles.
"After yesterday, I was super keen to have another sprint stage,” Groves told Cyclingnews after his win.
"I had to be in the right position. I can't thank my teammates enough for getting me there.
"When I saw yesterday's winner in the green jersey and the yellow jersey from Kolss, I knew they were the wheels to follow.
"I got out at about 200 metres to go, which is what I like to do.”
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Groves swapped the motorbike for the road bike just over two years ago and is currently the Australian under-19 road racing champion and is known for being a muscular, powerful cyclist.
"It comes from track cycling and the gym,” he explained to Cyclingnews.
"On the track I ride the team pursuit for the Queensland team with [individual world champion] Jordan Kirby.
"I like to think that I have a future in both track and road cycling but at the moment, I'm really enjoying the road. I aim at taking part in bigger races.”
Bogdanovics told Cyclingnews of his loss to the "amazing explosivity of the young Australian”, and noted his own underestimation of a headwind.
"He came out of my wheel very fast,” the Latvian noted.
"I lost by half of a wheel. I didn't expect the headwind but second is not a bad result.”
Groves' performance saw him punch above his age, but the teenager has his feet firmly on the ground after being outpaced overall with a final position of 41st out of 112, 8:56sec behind first place.
The Tour of Fuzhou was won overall by fellow Australian, 21-year-old Jai Hindley with a time of 14:18:33.