Caleb Ewan beats Dylan Groenewegen to take maiden victory in Tour de France
Jul 17 2019 11:40 pm CET

Caleb Ewan beats Dylan Groenewegen to take maiden victory in Tour de France
Caleb Ewan beats Dylan Groenewegen to take maiden victory in Tour de France
Caleb Ewan (c)Lotto Soudal

Lotto Soudal's Caleb Ewan has won the final sprint at the 11th stage of the Tour de France. The Australian beat Dylan Groenewegen by centimetres to take his maiden victory in the race.

The stage after the first rest day took the peloton through a 167-kilometre long route over a rolling course that was suitable for a bunch finale. Anthony Perez, Stephane Rossetto (Cofidis), Lilian Calmejane (Total Direct Energie) and Aime De Gendt (Wanty-Gobert) formed the escape of the day and got an advantage of more than two minutes over the pack.

At around 30 kilometres to go and as the peloton was getting closer to the escape group, there was a crash in the pack that affected riders like Michael Woods, Richie Porte, Nairo Quintana and Niki Terpstra -who had to withdraw due to the injuries. The group led by the Colombian of Movistar had to chase the peloton but managed to get back some kilometres later.

With 10 kilometres to go, De Gendt was left alone in front and the rest of the escapees were reeled back in by the peloton. At a bit more than four kilometres to go, the Belgian rider was caught by a very fast pack that was preparing for a bunch sprint.

Jumbo-Visma did a good job by positioning Dylan Groenewegen for the final metres but the rider was followed by a very fast Caleb Ewan, who beat the Dutchman at the very last moment. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) crossed the finish line in the third position while Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) and Jens Debusschere (Katusha-Alpecin) completed the top five of the day.

Julian Alaphilippe crossed the finish line with the peloton and has kept the Yellow Jersey for another day.






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