Caleb Ewan claims second Tour de France stage win in Poitiers
Caleb Ewan claimed a second Tour de France win on Wednesday in Poitiers. With an ultimate throw on the line Caleb was faster than Peter Sagan, Sam Bennett and Wout Van Aert in a bunch sprint. It is the 2nd stage win for the Australian and team Lotto Soudal after his stage win in Sisteron in stage 3.
“It was such a crazy finish. I was in the front with 1.5km to go and dropped back because of the head wind. After my first stage win I knew I had to keep calm and wait for the right time and the gap to open. That happened quite late to the finish. I did a big throw on the line and didn’t know if I won. I had a real desire to win today. After yesterday I was disappointed and I am so happy to repay my teammates with the win.”
“I am super happy with my two stage wins. One just takes the pressure off. Then after the first one you always want a second. And now I for sure want a third victory, especially in Paris with the Champs-Élysées. So I hope to get through the mountains and get another chance in Paris.”
“With Lotto Soudal we are down to five guys. That means we only have four guys to do the work for me in the sprint stages. After the hard work during the stage I had to manage with two guys in the final 10 kilometers. The other teams put us under a lot of pressure with the attacks. But my two guys rode like ten guys. They did such a terrific job.”
“My closest opponent Sam Bennett is one of my best friends. It is always business when it comes down to sprinting. But we are happy for eachother when we win. I was very happy for him yesterday getting his first win. You saw how much it meant for him and I know how hard he worked for it.”