It is something mountaineering your approach to the highest, however it is even more difficult to stick there.
That is why Australian biking legend Robbie McEwen believes consolidation is the most important to inheritor obvious Caleb Ewan taking up because the country’s subsequent nice street sprinter.
After his breakout 2019 season, Ewan opens the brand new marketing campaign on the January 21-26 Excursion Down Below and has a tricky ask to compare his Grand Excursion bounty of closing yr.
The diminutive 25-year-old delivered 3 degree wins in an impressive Excursion de France debut after claiming two within the Giro d’Italia.
It was once an enormous haul in his first season with Belgian outfit Lotto-Soudal after creating a high-profile transfer from Australian International Excursion staff Mitchelton-Scott.
McEwen, who received a dozen Excursion de France levels and 3 inexperienced jerseys, is determined to look Ewan proceed competing for best honours.
“You do not get started considering now it is time to recover as a result of 3 degree wins within the Excursion de France is lovely exceptional,” McEwen stated.
“The purpose has were given to be to deal with that stage and display that constant shape season after season.
“I am certain he’d love to make a excellent get started at Excursion Down Below and kick his season off.”
Ewan has banked seven Excursion Down Below degree wins however was once not able so as to add to the tally closing yr.
He crossed the road first on degree 5 however was once passed a time penalty for an “abnormal ultimate dash” that noticed him stripped of the win.
Ewan returns to Adelaide with the Lotto-Soudal staff once more constructed round him and can get started recent after opting to skip the Bay Crits and nationwide street championships previous this month.
“I all the time be expecting Caleb to return out going lovely neatly at Excursion Down Below however I am not anticipating him at absolute (top) shape as a result of he hasn’t raced but this season,” McEwen stated.
Ewan is anticipated to combat with Italian gun Elia Viviani (Cofidis Answers Credit) and Eire’s Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quickstep) for the Excursion sprinter’s jersey.
The Australian received it in 2017.
Andre Greipel may be a possibility regardless of having now not claimed Excursion dash honours in a decade.
The German veteran did so when he additionally received the overall classification in 2008 and 2010.
“He had a deficient season closing yr by way of his personal requirements and he is the previous guy of the sphere now, however I would possibly not write him off,” McEwen stated.
“He is were given a really perfect historical past at Excursion Down Below and I am having a look ahead to seeing the ones 4 combat it out.”
McEwen, a file three-time winner of the Excursion Down Below sprinter’s jersey, will supply skilled feedback for the Seven Community right through this yr’s broadcast.
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