21-year-old Australian sprinter lives up to expectation by winning criterium race in Adelaide, Australia. Adam Blythe third, Ben Swift fourth
– Photos by Graham Watson Caleb Ewan wins the 2016 Peoples Choice Classic Credit: Graham Watson Burgeoning Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan proved he is the fast-man to beat at the Tour Down Under with a convincing victory at the annual prelude criterium, the People’s Choice Classic, on Sunday.
The 21-year-old navigated a messy sprint to finish about a bike length ahead of Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) and British pair Adam Blythe (Tinkoff) and Ben Swift (Sky).
Ewan entered the 51km event in Adelaide, South Australia as the outright favourite with previous champions in Andre Greipel and Marcel Kittel absent this season.
The recently crowned national criterium champion took the newfound expectation in his stride and worked seamlessly with Orica-GreenEdge team-mates and final lead-out man Daryl Impey to mark his sixth victory of the year.
“It’s always hard going into a race as a favourite and especially when there is such a tough field here,” Ewan said post-race. “I was probably more nervous for today than I have been for any of the other race so far.
“My team just rode perfectly. We sat back for […]