Caleb Ewan surprises on Poggio but settles for second at Milan-San Remo

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal)
Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) was runner-up at Milan-San Remo for a second time (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

A tale of two second places. When Caleb Ewan claimed the sprint behind Vincenzo Nibali at the 2018 Milan-San Remo, it felt almost like a victory. Three years on, a similar scenario provoked rather different sentiments.

On Saturday, Ewan was again the quickest man on the Via Roma, but once again, the Arrivo banner arrived a few metres too soon. Just ahead, late-attacker Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) clung on to claim the spoils, while Ewan had to settle for the consolation of outpacing Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) to the second step of the podium.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.