Lotto- Soudal and Cofidis team completed a Campagnolo-branded podium.
In a rainy Adelaide, Caleb Ewan and Lotto Soudal made a perfect start of the season by winning the 51 km Schwalbe Classic. Elia Viviani and Simone Consonni, both Cofidis, finished second and third.
“The last six, seven laps it started to rain”, explained Caleb Ewan. “That made it a lot more nervous in the bunch. We were in a great position. My team helped me a lot to stay up to the front. Roger Kluge left that gap for me in the final straight. That gave me a really good launch.”
It was Caleb Ewan’s fourth victory in five editions of the Tour Down Under Classic Criterium.
“This is my first race of the season. Usually I’ve done some races before, but apparently that didn’t matter. I was pretty relaxed for the first half, sitting on the back and then, when I needed to go, I got off into position. That was it. ‘Easy’.”
Tour Down Under starts on Tuesday with a 150km circuit stage around Tanunda.
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