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Tour Down Under: Caleb Ewan wins opening stage

Tour Down Under: Caleb Ewan wins opening stage

Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan follows up People’s Choice Classic victory with first WorldTour race leadership in Tour Down Under
– Photos by Graham Watson Caleb Ewan wins stage 1 of the 2016 Tour Down Under Credit: Graham Watson Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge) combined a fast turn of speed and quick thinking to navigate his way through a hot and blustery final and win the first stage of the Tour Down Under today.

The 21-year-old beat Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data) and Wouter Wippert (Cannondale) in a bunch sprint with Britain’s Adam Blythe (Tinkoff) and Ben Swift (Sky) finishing fifth and seventh, respectively.

The aerodynamic Ewan also claimed the first leader’s jersey of the race, which his Orica-GreenEdge team-mate and overall contender Simon Gerrans is hopeful of wearing at the end of the week.

“It’s a really proud moment for me,” Ewan said. “I’ve never led a WorldTour race before and to lead my first one in my home country is a real honour.

“I need to thank Gerro for that, for sharing the team with me. If he says to the team that he just wants them to ride for him, they would have to do that.”
Caleb Ewan wins stage 1 of the 2016 Tour […]

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