Bowral cyclist Caleb Ewan has won a sprint finish in blistering temperatures to claim stage one of the Santos Tour Down Under Young Rider Jersey in Adelaide today.
It’s yet another accolade for the highly ambitious and determined champion, who also claimed victory in the People’s Choice Classic criterium on Sunday night, as well as the recent Australian road championship criterium in Ballarat.
The 21-year-old who rides with the Orica–GreenEDGE team became the Junior National Road Race Champion in 2010 and continues to cement his place in the sport with numerous wins across road and track tournaments.
While the clouds kept some of the heat at bay, temperatures reached almost 40C before midday today, with some riders preparing themselves with ice vests to combat the extreme heat.
Leading the charge, France’s Alexis Gougeard set the tone for the day as the 140 riders passed through the Barossa towns of Lyndoch, Cockatoo Valley and Williamstown.
Hot conditions made for a compelling race, with the first attack at the 4km mark, when three riders broke away with a 500m lead.
Alexis Gougeard, Martijn Keizer of the Netherlands and fellow Australian Sean Lake displayed enormous dedication, making up the top three in the first two iiNet sprints – scoring time bonuses of three, two and one seconds.
But Ewan’s determination was strong, crossing the line ahead of Bathurst’s Mark Renshaw in second and Wouter Wippert of the Netherlands in third.
Ewan will now receive a 10-second time bonus and wear the race leader’s jersey in tomorrow’s race.
Europcar Australia and New Zealand CEO Ron Santiago said the company is proud to be a major partner of this prestigious cycling event with such strong up-and-coming talent.
“To be sponsoring the Young Rider’s Jersey is a particular coup for Europcar because it reflects our commitment to the growth of cycling in Australia,” he said.
Tomorrow cyclists will head through the picturesque Adelaide Hills for Stage two of the 2016 Santos Tour Down Under.
Be sure to return for daily updates and race results as riders tackle each stage of the course over the coming five days.
Plan your next day at the Tour Down Under and don’t miss anything during the Stage 2!