Sprint sensation Ewan sets sights on Australian season

Published
13/11/2017

Australia’s fastest cyclist Caleb Ewan has set his sights on another assault on the Australian cycling circuit in 2018, with confirmation of his early season race program today.

The 23-year-old, who claimed 13 victories in 2017 including six in Australia, will return to the Australian Cycling Road National Championships to defend his criterium title and line up in the road race, before heading to the Tour Down Under in Adelaide and concluding his ‘home’ tour on Australia Day at Race Melbourne as part of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.

Australian Cycling Road National Championships

Races:           Wednesday, 3 January 2018 - Criterium Championship
                       Sunday, 7 January 2018 - Road Race Championship

Previously:   1st National Criterium Championship (2017)
                       2nd National Road Race Championship (2015)

Ewan:           “I’m definitely going into the criterium to try to defend
                      my title. We should have a really good team there so I
                      think we have a pretty good chance.”

                      “For the road race, we have a fair few options. For me,
                      I’m hoping the race is a little bit easier, with a head
                      wind up the climb to slow the race down going up the
                      hill, so I can get to the finish for some sort of sprint. But
                      as a team we have options for every race scenario.”

                      “Wearing the green and gold at any point is really an
                      honour. We don’t do a lot of crits so I haven’t been able
                      to wear the green and gold a lot, so it would really be a
                      dream to wear it on the road.”

Tour Down Under

Races:          Sunday, 14th January – People’s Choice Classic
                      Tue, 16th to Sun, 21st January – Tour Down Under

Previously:   1st People’s Choice Classic (2017, 2016)
                      6x Tour Down Under stage winner (2017 – 4, 2016 – 2)

Ewan:           “Obviously, I’d like to repeat what I did last year, but it’s
                      going to be hard to win four stages and the People’s
                      Choice again.”

                      “There’s probably only three stages that really suit
                       sprinters in the 2018 Tour Down Under, and then there
                       may be a fourth depending on how it is raced. Looking
                       at the profiles, the first two stages and last stage suit
                       me best and then maybe the third stage if it is a more
                       negative race.

                       “This year, the sprint field is a lot better than it’s been
                       in the past two years so it’s definitely going to be
                       challenging.”

                       “The Tour Down Under is one of the biggest races in
                       Australia and being Australian, racing there, I’m very
                       motivated to do well in my home race.”

Race Melbourne – Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

Race:             Thursday, 25th January – Race Melbourne

Previously:   5th Race Melbourne (2017)

Ewan:            “I’d love to leave Australia on a high and try to win
                       Race Melbourne. It’s definitely one of my big goals for
                       the start of the season.”

                       “It’s a really fast race, obviously there’s no hills and it’s
                       pan flat, but also because of the distance.”

                       “Race Melbourne has a lot of potential. It’s purely
                       targeted to the sprinters and should continue to attract
                       some big names.  It’s right in the centre of the city and
                       the twilight timing in 2018 should add another great
                       atmosphere lift.”

Photo courtesy of TDWsport.