Caleb Ewan wins opening stage at Tour Down Under
Jan 17 2017 11:28 am CET

Caleb Ewan wins opening stage at Tour Down Under
Caleb Ewan wins opening stage at Tour Down Under
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CALEB EWAN
SANTOS TOUR DOWN UNDER

Australian Caleb Ewan of Orica-Scott has won the opening stage of the 2017 Tour Down Under and has as such collected the first UCI WorldTour points of the season.

The race organisers shortened the stage, which ran from Unley to Lyndoch, by 27 kilometers due to the extreme heat. As such, the new length of the stage was just 118 kilometers.

As expected, the stage was decided by a mass sprint. People's Choice Classic winner Ewan crossed the line just ahead of Team Sky's Danny van Poppel and Bora-hansgrohe's Sam Bennett after preparing work by Roger Kluge.

"It was really stinking hot out there today," said Ewan, who won the same stage in 2016. "I think everyone felt the heat and it was probably a good idea for organisers to shorten it a little bit.

"I'm super happy to get the win, it was a really close one in the end. A lot of guys ran out of lead out men in that last straight because there was a bit of head wind.

"There was a lot of pressure coming back here with the same finish as last year. I felt the pressure to do the same thing and win. It's a relief and it’s a great start to the week. It’ll put the whole team on a high and hopefully we can do something like last year."

The Tour Down Under continues on Wednesday with a 148.5km stage from Stirling to Paracombe. The route should allow climbers to demonstrate some of their skills.

Result

Santos Tour Down Under (2.UWT)
Stage 1 Unley - Lyndoch (2017-01-17)
Pos. Name Team Country Time
1.Caleb EWANORS 3:24:18
2.Danny VAN POPPELSKY +0
3.Sam BENNETTBOH +0
4.Marko KUMPUAD +0
5.NICCOLO' BONIFAZIOTBM +0
6.Nikias ARNDTSUN +0
7.Baptiste PLANCKAERTKAT +0
8.Edward THEUNSTFS +0
9.Miles SCOTSONBMC +0
10.Sean DE BIELTS +0

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Photo of Caleb Ewan (cropped) by Orica-BikeExchange





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