Caleb Ewan takes first victory with Lotto Soudal at Down Under Classic
Jan 13 2019 10:40 pm CET

Caleb Ewan takes first victory with Lotto Soudal at Down Under Classic
Caleb Ewan takes first victory with Lotto Soudal at Down Under Classic
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Caleb Ewan has taken his first victory of the season at the Down Under Classic, the prelude of the Tour Down Under. This is also the first win of the Australian with Lotto Soudal.

The Down Under Classic is a criterium held in the streets of Adelaide and it came down to a bunch sprint that was marred with crashes. Roger Kluge managed to keep Ewan safe at the front and the rider launched a strong sprint in the last meters, which allowed him to cross the finish line ahead of Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) and Alex Edmondson (Mitchelton-Scott).

"During the first part of the race I tried to hide safely in the bunch," Ewan explained. "The last twenty minutes of the race, we moved to the front of the peloton. Hagen and De Gendt did a great job in controlling the early break and the other four Lotto Soudal riders kept me well-positioned at the front of the pack.

"We were lucky to avoid the big crash which happened just behind my back, so I didn’t see it myself. In the very end of the race, Roger Kluge had to close a little gap before I could launch my sprint. I felt that Sagan was on my wheel but I was confident that I could hold him off."

The criterium is not part of the official calendar but the Australian got a confidence boost with this victory. "It is not an official UCI victory yet but it still is a great feeling to win here, the first time we are racing and preparing the sprint as a complete team," he commented.

"It gives a lot of confidence to conclude this first experience with a win. It is a pity for the guys who crashed because I would’ve loved to sprint head-to-head against them. But for sure that will happen during the Tour Down Under. For now, I’m very satisfied but let’s keep calm. Tuesday, we have to be focused to again make it a sprint finish, hopefully with the same result as today."




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