Caleb Ewan wins Down Under Classic

Nizzolo and Blythe complete podium

Caleb Ewan has continued his winning start to the 2016 season, delivering on his pre-race favourite tag to claim victory in the Down Under Classic, a bike length ahead of Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) and Adam Blythe (Tinkoff).

Orica-GreenEdge controlled the majority of the 51km Adelaide criterium with Darly Impey playing the role of lead out man for the 21-year-old who now has five wins from seven starts this year.

“It’s always hard going into a race as a favourite and especially when there is such a tough field here,” Ewan said in his post-race interview. “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 a lot of the race and cruised around. And they were awesome. Once you need to go to the front, they kept me up there and led me out perfectly.”

In the final ten laps of the race, Team Sky, with Geraint Thomas and Peter Kennaugh, came to the fore with the aim of securing victory for Ben Swift. The move would prove premature though as their riders dropped away in the final laps as Cannondale, IAM Cycling and Trek-Segafredo all moved forward.

A fast final sprint was kicked-off by Nizzolo, with Ewan appearing to be boxed in, but the Australian national criterium champion quickly jumped on his wheel, then passed the Italian, winning by a bike length. Tinkoff’s aggressive racing was rewarded with Blythe’s third place as Swift crossed the line in fourth, followed by Marko Kump in fifth to start his Lampre-Merida career.

“You get a bit messy in the end because it is hard for the team to take control of the front the whole time and I think IAM were sitting back a bit and they did it pretty well,” Ewan said of finding his way through the finish to claim victory. “We just jumped on them and Daryl did a perfect lead-out in the end.

“I did feel pretty confident. I didn’t see Trek come until the last two hundred metres,” he added. “My biggest concern at the time was Pelucchi because he had a pretty strong lead out in the end but I could see him really dying on the wheel.

“So I felt good in the last lap and … yeah, I could sprint really well in the end.”

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With Orica-GreenEdge now turning its attention to winning stages with Ewan and a fourth overall title with Simon Gerrans, Ewan explained his victory is no pressure valve relief on the team who are hungry for more wins.

“I don’t think a more relaxed approach. Obviously we have got ambition to win the GC and I have got ambitions to win stages myself,” Ewan said. “So it’s the start of a long week.”

The Down Under Classic was kicked off with a Lars Boom (Astana) attack which precipitated a fast start to the race with the first ten laps raced at an average speed of 51km/h. AG2R-La Mondiale, Tinkoff and UniSA sent several riders up the road in an attempt to establish a breakaway as Orica-GreenEdge patrolled the front of the peloton.

A late move by Christophe Riblon (Ag2r), Martin Velits (Etixx-Quick Step) and Manuele Boaro (Tinkoff) was swallowed up with just a handful of laps as the sprinter teams then took over and the inventible sprint finish was won in a canter by the pre-race favourite.

 

Full Results


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica–GreenEdge1:02:25 
2Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek–Segafredo  
3Adam Blythe (GBr) Tinkoff  
4Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky  
5Marko Kump (Slo) Lampre–Merida  
6Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (Rsa) ReinardtTeam Dimension Data  
7Davide Martinelli (Ita) Etixx–Quick-Step  
8Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling  
9Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale  
10Patrick Shaw (Aus) UniSA-Australia  
11Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Soudal  
12Koen De Kort (Ned) Giant–Alpecin  
13Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) UniSA-Australia  
14Juan José Lobato Del Valle (Esp) Team Movistar  
15Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
16José Joaquin Rojas (Esp) Team Movistar  
17Daryl Impey (Rsa) Orica–GreenEdge  
18Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Dimension Data  
19Leigh Howard (Aus) IAM Cycling  
20Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff  
21Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Team Katusha  
22Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
23Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek–Segafredo  
24Steele von Hoff (Aus) UniSA-Australia  
25Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
26Jascha Sütterlin (Ger) Team Movistar  
27Oscar Gatto (Ita) Tinkoff  
28Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff  
29Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale  
30Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana  
31Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling  
32Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
33Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal0:00:08 
34Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
35Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana  
36Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale  
37Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
38Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana  
39Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team  
40Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Esp) Astana  
41Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL–Jumbo  
42Nelson Oliveira (Por) Team Movistar  
43Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff0:00:11 
44Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ  
45Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team  
46Steve Morabito (Sui) FDJ  
47Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Soudal  
48Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek–Segafredo  
49Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre–Merida  
50Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
51Michael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff  
52Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff  
53Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana  
54Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
55Federico Zurlo (Ita) Lampre–Merida  
56Carlos Verona (Esp) Etixx–Quick-Step  
57Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ  
58Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Etixx–Quick-Step  
59Lars Boom (Ned) Astana  
60Sean Lake (Aus) UniSA-Australia  
61Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
62Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre–Merida  
63Lucas Hamilton (Aus) UniSA-Australia  
64Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica–GreenEdge  
65David De La Cruz (Esp) Etixx–Quick-Step  
66Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
67Nathan Haas (Aus) Team Dimension Data  
68Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Cannondale  
69Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky  
70Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx–Quick-Step  
71Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling0:00:24 
72Georg Preidler (Aut) Giant–Alpecin  
73Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx–Quick-Step  
74Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek–Segafredo0:00:28 
75Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica–GreenEdge0:00:30 
76Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
77Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek–Segafredo  
78Gavin Mannion (USA) Drapac Pro Cycling  
79Bram Tankink (Ned) LottoNL–Jumbo  
80Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Giant–Alpecin  
81Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
82Carter Jones (USA) Giant–Alpecin  
83Bert De Backer (Bel) Giant–Alpecin  
84Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky0:00:40 
85Martijn Keizer (Ned) LottoNL–Jumbo0:00:47 
86Peter Stetina (USA) Trek–Segafredo0:00:53 
87George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL–Jumbo0:00:55 
88Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx–Quick-Step0:00:57 
89Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) LottoNL–Jumbo0:01:08 
90Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
91Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha  
92Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre–Merida  
93Murilo Fischer (Bra) FDJ  
94Ruben Fernandez Andujar (Esp) Team Movistar  
95Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Movistar  
96Jesse Sergent (NZl) AG2R La Mondiale  
97Chris Hamilton (Aus) UniSA-Australia  
98Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ  
99Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ  
100Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal  
101Patrick Lane (Aus) UniSA-Australia  
102Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ  
103Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha  
104Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha  
105Jaco Venter (Rsa) Team Dimension Data  
106Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Eth) Lampre–Merida  
107Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
108Rafael Valls Ferri (Esp) Lotto Soudal0:01:19 
109Davide Malacarne (Ita) Astana0:01:20 
110Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale  
111Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Dimension Data  
112David Tanner (Aus) IAM Cycling0:01:22 
113Marcel Aregger (Sui) IAM Cycling  
114Samuel Spokes (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
115Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:25 
116Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) LottoNL–Jumbo  
117Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
118Jesús Herrada (Esp) Team Movistar  
119Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Dimension Data0:01:28 
120Songezo Jim (Rsa) Team Dimension Data  
121Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
122Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
123Louis Meintjes (Rsa) Lampre–Merida  
124Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling  
125Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky0:01:37 
126Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky  
127Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky  
128Rein Taaramäe (Est) Team Katusha0:01:39 
129Nathan Earle (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling0:01:41 
130Graeme Brown (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
131Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica–GreenEdge0:01:43 
132Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale0:01:46 
133Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale  
134Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:01:55 
135Simon Geschke (Ger) Giant–Alpecin0:02:32 
136Cheng Ji (Chn) Giant–Alpecin  
137Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL–Jumbo  
138Jack Bobridge (Aus) Trek–Segafredo  
DNFMichael Albasini (Sui) Orica–GreenEdge  
DNFMichael Hepburn (Aus) Orica–GreenEdge  

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