Caleb Ewan gained level two on the Excursion Down Beneath on Wednesday because the Lotto-Soudal rider took the total chief’s jersey off the shoulders off fellow sprinter Sam Bennett within the opening WorldTour race of the season. 

Ewan displayed immense energy at the uphill dash to the end to level in 3hr 27min 31sec, forward of shielding champion Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) on the finish of the 135.eight kilometre level from Woodside to Stirling. Nathan Haas ( Cofidis, Answers Crédits) whilst promising younger sprinter Jasper Philipsen ( UAE-Group Emirates) was once fourth.

Bennett (Deceuninck-Fast Step), who gained Tuesday’s opening level, completed in 13th spot at the identical time as Ewan, however the Australian’s 10-second time bonus and the truth that he completed in 7th spot at the earlier level noticed him leapfrog the Irishman within the early normal classification.

Impey moved right into a difficult place, just a moment in the back of the race chief whilst Philpsen is fourth, 4sec in the back of Ewan.

“I am tremendous pleased with that,” Ewan stated. “The previous day issues did not pass to plot and I believe we spoke for roughly an hour within the room about what we will be able to do higher. The lads did completely easiest these days, they did the whole thing I requested for and I headed to the road in easiest place.”

A crash inside two kilometres of the road fractured the peloton, leaving round handiest 25 riders in rivalry however Ewan stayed out of hassle and was once left completely positioned to unharness his dash.

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