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Caleb Ewan is the man to beat in Tour Down Under sprints as big names opt out

Caleb Ewan is the man to beat in Tour Down Under sprints as big names opt out

21-year-old Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan is the favourite for the Tour Down Under’s sprint stages as Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel and André Greipel start their season elsewhere Caleb Ewan wins the 2016 Australian Criterium Championship Credit: Graham Watson Burgeoning fast-man Caleb Ewan has not underestimated his competition at the Tour Down Under despite the noted absence of ‘big name’ internationals at this year’s race.

Ewan fronted the media at a pre-race press conference on Saturday as the sprinter to beat with heavyweights André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) opting to start their respective seasons later abroad.

“We don’t have the top three or four sprinters in the world here but there are still guys that are really quick so it’s not going to be easy to win a stage,” said Ewan.

The 21-year-old identified Wouter Wippert (Cannondale) and Steele von Hoff, who is racing with the UniSA Australia composite outfit instead of his trade One Pro Cycling team, as chief rivals, pointing to their respective stage victories at last year’s event.

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Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge) was prominent at a domestic criterium series in Victoria, Australia earlier this month and will have a chance to make his […]

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