Tour de France stage 3 analysis: Ewan proves 2019 was no fluke

Caleb Ewan passes Sam Bennett en route to winning stage 3 of the 2020 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Sprint stages are few and far between in this year's Tour de France, but Caleb Ewan seemed to comprehensively confirm that he is the fastest man in this year's race with victory on stage 3 in Sisteron. He zig-zagged around his competitors before passing Sam Bennett (Deceuninck Quick-Step) in the final 50m, doing it without much lead-out support in the closing stages in what was a technical and chaotic sprint straight into a headwind.

The Australian now has four Tour stage wins, but it was his dominant speed in this sprint that will cement his standing as number one. Ewan said after the win that he wanted to prove that last year's results weren't a fluke, and this win certainly does that, if there was any doubt.

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Adam Becket is the staff writer for Procycling magazine. Prior to covering the sport of cycling, he wrote about ecclesiastical matters for the Church Times and politics for Business Insider. He has degrees in history and journalism. A keen cyclist himself, Adam’s favourite race is the Tour of Flanders or Strade Bianche, and he can't wait to go to the Piazza del Campo for the end of the race one day.