Caleb Ewan thrilled with unexpected win in Tour Down Under
Jan 17 2018 12:57 pm CET

Caleb Ewan thrilled with unexpected win in Tour Down Under

Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan was thrilled with his stage win on the second day of the Tour Down Under, one that came as a surprise considering the final kilometers.

Ewan and his Mitchelton-Scott teammates were not expected to play a big role in Wednesday's stage, but ended up taking the top two spots with Daryl Impey taking second place as well.

"I am very thrilled, it is probably more exciting winning on a stage that you’re a little bit unsure about going into," Ewan said. "It was a tricky finish because I didn’t know if I would get up there or not and I didn’t want to make the call from the bottom.

"I just sat in there and tried to conserve as much energy as possible and I saw Daryl sitting up there nicely so I told him to go with about 300 metres to go and then he got us out and then I had a clear run at the line."

This is Ewan's seventh stage win in the Tour Down Under, following two victories in 2016 and four in 2017. This one stands out though, the sprinter affirms.

"I think this is probably my best Tour Down Under win because it was on a finish that didn’t suit me and probably suited Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) more, so to get one up on him here, on this finish, is a bonus.

As a result of this win, Ewan also moves to the top of the overall standings. "The last few Tour Down Under’s I have had the Ochre jersey but then gone straight into a mountain stage so I haven’t had the chance to hold it for more than one-day, so this is great to try and keep it tomorrow."
Photo of Caleb Ewan by Mitchelton-Scott



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