ADELAIDE, Australia (CT) – Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) has began his season in absolute best type, successful the Excursion Down Beneath’s curtain-raiser criterium for a record-breaking fourth time.

In what was once his first race of the 12 months, Ewan sprinted to victory via a number of motorcycle lengths forward of Eu champion Elia Viviani (Cofidis) and his lead-out guy Simone Consonni (Cofidis).

As rain fell at the city-centre circuit, Ewan spent the primary part of the 30-lap race in closing wheel, biding his time. It’s a method he’s hired to nice impact in fresh editions of this race.

“Should you’re behind the bunch, you’ll in reality let the wheel cross and take your individual strains in the course of the corners as an alternative of braking in when different individuals are braking,” he stated afterwards. “So, yeah, I believe I in reality stored numerous power.

“If it’s too laborious on the again, then you’ll at all times transfer up or if it’s cruisy on the again, then you definitely keep there till the tempo alternatives up somewhat.”

A six-rider breakaway led lawsuits for a lot of the night time as Ewan’s teammates patrolled the entrance of the peloton. Ewan began to make his method up in the course of the peloton kind of midway in the course of the race, simply as Josef Cerny (CCC) hit out from the breakaway.

The Czech rider constructed a bonus that peaked at 12 seconds, prior to he was once sooner or later reeled in via his former partners on lap 23. The peloton stuck the smash with about 5 laps to head as Ineos after which EF Professional Biking took to the entrance to set a prime pace.

Getting into the general dash Ewan was once neatly positioned at the back of his lead-out guy Roger Kluge. But if Kluge let an opening open up in entrance of him, Ewan needed to roll the cube.

“I didn’t know what he was once doing so I needed to make the verdict to leap round him,” Ewan stated. “However after the race he informed me he left the space and he was once going to roughly release me. However on the time, you understand, I wasn’t keen to attend round and spot what he was once going to do. So I needed to simply leap myself.”

Ewan made his transfer alongside the limitations and briefly hit the entrance. And when he did, he surged neatly out of achieve of his opponents. It was once a definitive remark from a rider who skipped his standard outings on the Bay Crits and Australian Nationals, and who has slightly raced since closing 12 months’s Excursion de France.

“I’ve handiest carried out 5 race days for the reason that Excursion de France closing 12 months, so it hasn’t been a lot,” Ewan stated. “So I used to be a bit of bit anxious getting into these days … after having such a lot break day racing.

“I believe I’ve had like 5 months off racing. I didn’t know the way my legs had been gonna be, however yeah, I’m proud of the place my shape’s at.”

Neatly would possibly he be. The Excursion Down Beneath right kind includes a handful of levels that might lead to a dash. The 25-year-old would be the rider to overcome in each and every of them.


1. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) 1:04:29
2. Elia Viviani (Cofidis)
3. Simone Consonni (Cofidis)
4. Jasper Philipsen (UAE Crew Emirates)
5. Kristoffer Halvorsen (EF Professional Biking)
6. Alberto Dainese (Sunweb)
7 Michael Mørkøv (Deceuninck-QuickStep)
8. Sam Welsford (Australia)
9. Christopher Lawless (Ineos)
10. Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT)

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