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Caleb Ewan sprints to victory in Down Under Classic
13 January 2019
Caleb Ewan sprints to victory in Down Under Classic

The rider from Team Lotto-Soudal took the first Campagnolo win.

Caleb Ewan took the victory in the Down Under Classic, a one-hour criterium held in the streets of Adelaide which traditionally precedes the Tour Down Under. In a finale marred by various crashes, Roger Kluge managed to keep Caleb Ewan at the front and delivered an impressive lead-out. At 200 metres from the line, Ewan launched a powerful sprint and held off Peter Sagan and Alexander Edmondson. After earlier victories in both 2016 and 2017, it’s now the third Down Under Classic victory for the pocket-rocket sprinter.

In the first part of the race, it was Thomas De Gendt who kept the early breakaway under control. Some other breakaway attempts followed, but due to the furious pace in the peloton it was nearly impossible to stay away. The sprinters’ teams took over command during the finale, aiming for a sprint finish in the streets of Adelaide. That sprint was disrupted by a big crash at the start of the final lap. Roger Kluge managed to keep Caleb Ewan out of the danger zone and delivered a perfect lead-out. With 200 metres to go, Ewan, atop on his Ridley fully equipped Campagnolo, started his sprint and held off Peter Sagan, on the way to his third Down Under Classic victory.

 

©Yuzuru Sunada

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