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Ewan makes it two from two

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Caleb Ewan (NSW) celebrates winning the U23 Men's National Road Race

Caleb Ewan (NSW) celebrates winning the U23 Men's National Road Race (Image credit: Mark Gunter)
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Caleb Ewan with his gold pan for winning the U23 title

Caleb Ewan with his gold pan for winning the U23 title (Image credit: Mark Gunter)
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(Image credit: Mark Gunter)

Caleb Ewan (NSW) made it two wins from as many races with victory in a small bunch sprint to claim his first and only U23 men's road race crown. Robert Power (WA) animated the final in the final lap but couldn't match the speed of Ewan. Rounding out the podium was Brad Linfield (WA) who has also been active as the six man group that stayed away in trying to drop Ewan.

"My main goal coming here was the road race to come here and get that and the crit, I’m so happy with how I went," Ewan said in the aftermath of his win.

"I knew that if I didn’t go well here I might not have been ready for Tour Down Under. This is a really indication that I could be going well," Ewan said. "Those two guys came here without teammates as well and I think it’s really good that we all came as individuals and took out the podium."

"It’s really special, whether I like it or not, my last U23 national title so to get both wins, I can’t really explain it. It’s a really great feeling to be able to back-up and show that I can be a good road rider not just a crit rider."

"The last time up that climb I was cramping the whole way, I just had to make it look like I wasn’t going that hard when they attacked me," Ewan said.

"It was quite aggressive on the last climb and I was able to cover all the moves and I knew if I covered all the moves and I got to the finish with the whole bunch that I would have a good shot of winning the kick. Just to get here in the end and win is such a relief."

Despite being a marked rider throughout the race, the hilly curcuit lends itself more to climbers and Ewan explained it benefited his ability to make an attack and stay away. "I feel a bit more relaxed now. I didn’t really get to soak it in after the crit so to get both titles, I’m really happy with that. It's hard being marked all the time but I think a lot of guys didn’t really know if could get over the hill which helped me and with a lot of other good climbers there that also helped. I wasn’t like the crit where I was really the main guy to win there so it was a bit more free today and I was away by myself for a bit today and that break that eventually won the race got over to me," Ewan said.

A five man break had established a nice lead that hovered around the 1:30 minute slightly fluctuating lap-by-lap until Avanti put the hammer down on the descent and the lead was cut to a meagre 30 seconds. Mitchell Cooper, Jason Lowdnes, Jeremy Cameron, Samuel Wood and Michael Crosbie were all in the early group.

King of the mountains winner, Michael Crosbie was in doubt for the race but having got into an early breakaway was rewarded with the polka dot jersey. "Last Sunday I had a crash and was in operation that night so I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to race but I got the go ahead yesterday from the surgeon that I could race. I’m really happy to be here," Crosbie said

Several more groups formed but nothing was sticking until Ewan went out on his own. Jack Haig and last year’s winner Jordan Kerby effectively marked each other out of the race although Haig did try his luck on the climb.

With a group of six including the podium place getters were Harry Carpenter, Shaun Callaghan and Thomas Hamilton. Carpenter and Power tried their best with repeated attacks but neither rider could shake Ewan and when became inevitable that it would a sprint, no-one was going to match the criterium winner’s speed.


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caleb Ewan (NSW)3:23:31
2Robert Power (WA)
3Brad Lindfield (WA)
4Harry Carpenter (SA)
5Shaun O'Callaghan (VIC)
6Thomas Hamilton (VIC)
7Robert McCarthy (SA)0:00:03
8Alexander Clements (TAS)0:00:05
9Jack Beckinsale (NSW)
10Jack Haig (VIC)0:00:09
11Campbell Flakemore (TAS)0:00:27
12Jordan Davies (NSW)
13Conor Murtagh (VIC)
14Nicholas Graham-Dawson (WA)
15Nicholas Schultz (QLD)
16Alistair Crameri (VIC)
17Samuel Spokes (NSW)
18Jordan Kerby (QLD)
19Freddy Ovett (VIC)
20Jesse Ewart (NSW)
21Oscar Stevenson (VIC)
22Zac Quinn (VIC)
23Ryan Cavanagh (QLD)
24Nicholas Bien (VIC)
25Justin Gassner (SA)
26Alex Wohler (QLD)
27Jay Dutton (NSW)
28Brendan Canty (VIC)
29Trevor Spencer (VIC)
30Kristian Juel (QLD)0:00:34
31Chris Hamilton (VIC)0:01:51
32Patrick Sharpe (NSW)0:02:44
33Samuel Nelson (NSW)0:02:55
34Tom Kaesler (SA)
35Trent Morey (VIC)
36David Edwards (QLD)
37Jeremy Cameron (VIC)
38Alex Grunke (QLD)
39Liam White (VIC)
40Ayden Toovey (NSW)
41Jordan Payne (NSW)
42Theodore Yates (WA)
43Jackson Mawby (WA)
44Laurent Groom (NSW)
45Jake Klajnblat (VIC)
46Brendon Meney (WA)
47Douglas Freeburn (QLD)
48Mark Kelly (VIC)
49Fergus Sully (VIC)0:03:00
50Chris Harper (SA)0:04:31
51Jack McCulloch (NSW)0:07:31
52Ryan MaCanally (QLD)0:07:37
53Nicholas Katsonis (VIC)
54Angus Tobin (NSW)
55Kyle Ward (NSW)0:09:18
56Liam Hill (VIC)0:09:59
DNFMitchell Lovelock-Fay (ACT)
DNFLuke Vitler (WA)
DNFTyler Spurrell (VIC)
DNFJacob Restall (QLD)
DNFKarl Michelin-Beard (NSW)
DNFAden Reynolds (NSW)
DNFLachlan Glasspool (SA)
DNFMichael Hale (VIC)
DNFAngus Hayes (ACT)
DNFNicholas Horsley (Tas)
DNFScott Thompson (NSW)
DNFNathan Bradshaw (NSW)
DNFMitchell Cooper (VIC)
DNFScott McPhee (SA)
DNFTamas Allenby (NSW)
DNFChristopher Papastavros (VIC)
DNFAaron Eynaud (VIC)
DNFJames Butler (VIC)
DNFDeclan Gregory (NSW)
DNFSAmuel Wood (QLD)
DNFTodd Satchell (VIC)
DNFAlex Kinnane (SA)
DNFCameron Parlevliet (VIC)
DNFJoshua Cornish (NSW)
DNFWade Longworth (Wa)
DNFAlex Quirk (QLD)
DNFScott Gigante (VIC)
DNFDarcy Woolley (VIC)
DNFJames Cummings (VIC)
DNFJarryd Jones (VIC)
DNFLuke Parker (VIC)
DNFMatthew Lane (VIC)
DNFSam Crome (VIC)
DNFDylan Lindsey (VIC)
DNFJesse Kerrison (QLD)
DNFSam Sautelle (ACT)
DNFReece Robinson (NSW)
DNFJason Lowndes (VIC)
DNFJack Lavis (ACT)
DNFThomas Deller (VIC)
DNFAlexander Walker (SA)
DNFLachlan Jones (VIC)
DNFBen Carman (QLD)
DNFTasman Nankervis (VIC)
DNFJake Stuart (NSW)
DNFSamuel Hill (NSW)
DNFJulian Hamill (NSW)
DNSDimitry Makeev (VIC)
DNSRobert Oakenfull (VIC)
DNSSean Whitfield (ACT)
DNSLuke Williams (NSW)
DNSTom Chapman (SA)
DNSIvan Michelin-Beard (NSW)
DNSDaniel McDonald (NSW)
DNSZane Hunter (VIC)
DNSBen Comfort (ACT)
DNSMunro Boydell (VIC)


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Zeb Woodpower is the Australian editor at Cyclingnews. Based in Sydney, Zeb provides an Australian perspective on the sport with articles ranging from the local to the global . He joined Cyclingnews in 2013.

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