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McEwen debuts in RadioShack jersey

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Robbie McEwen in his new RadioShack jersey

Robbie McEwen in his new RadioShack jersey
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Robbie McEwen stretching his legs in his new RadioShack jersey

Robbie McEwen stretching his legs in his new RadioShack jersey
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McEwen was already riding his Trek

McEwen was already riding his Trek
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Robbie McEwen will ride for RadioShack in 2011

Robbie McEwen will ride for RadioShack in 2011
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Jon Cantwell took the race ahead of Ryan MacAnally and Jesse Kerrison

Jon Cantwell took the race ahead of Ryan MacAnally and Jesse Kerrison
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McEwen stretches his legs

McEwen stretches his legs
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Cantwell reacts to the attacks but saved enough strength for the sprint

Cantwell reacts to the attacks but saved enough strength for the sprint
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Heavy rain on the Gold Coast couldn't stop Mcewen from racing

Heavy rain on the Gold Coast couldn't stop Mcewen from racing
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Robbie McEwen (RadioShack)

Robbie McEwen (RadioShack)
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McEwen settles into the pack

McEwen settles into the pack
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Cantwell takes the Daniel Bennett Memorial Race

Cantwell takes the Daniel Bennett Memorial Race
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Robbie McEwen made his RadioShack debut on New Year’s Day at the 2011 Daniel Bennett Memorial, on the Gold Coast of Australia.

The former Katusha rider who walked away from Pegasus Sports after the team failed to secure a ProTeam and Pro Continental licence with the UCI, raced in his new jersey and with his 2011 Trek bike.

The 38-year-old was signed to Lance Armstrong’s team at the eleventh hour and will look to bolster the team’s sprint options.

McEwen is set to ride in the Bay Criterium series which starts on Monday but used the Memorial race to test his legs with the national championships and the Tour Down Under both taking place this month. He wasn’t the only pro rider to make an appearance with Jonathan Cantwell taking first place ahead of Ryan MacAnally and Jesse Kerrison.

The race was marred by poor weather, but despite the conditions organisers were able to pull in strong crowds as well as a high-calibre field.