Mixed feelings for Caleb Ewan after Tour Down Under stage 3
Jan 18 2018 01:47 pm CET

Mixed feelings for Caleb Ewan after Tour Down Under stage 3

Mitchelton-Scott rider Caleb Ewan retained the leader's jersey of the Tour Down Under for the first time in his career, but wasn't happy with his sprint performance in stage 3.

The Australian was delivered by teammate Alex Edmondson but allowed Quick-Step Floors' Elia Viviani and Sunweb's Phil Bauhaus to surpass him in the final meters, having to settle for third place.

"I’m pretty disappointed with that to be honest," he commented. "my team gave me an absolutely perfect lead out and I stuffed it up in the end. It was a bit of a headwind so I didn’t want to go too early, I waited a little bit too long and Viviani got the jump on me.

"I can’t fault the team they were absolutely perfect and they did exactly what I asked them to do. There’s been four different winners over the last four races here so it just shows he depth of the sprint field here at this race."

Although things didn't work out well on the day, Ewan does have enough reason to remain optimistic.

"I can still take confidence out of all my sprints the last few days. I haven’t quite nailed them all as I would have hoped but I am super confident with how the team is riding and I don’t think I have ever had lead outs this good before. The times I haven’t won it’s been more because of myself rather than the team."
Photo of Caleb Ewan by Mitchelton-Scott



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