Caleb Ewan wins Down Under Classic

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

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica–GreenEdge1:02:25
2Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek–SegafredoRow 1 - Cell 2
3Adam Blythe (GBr) TinkoffRow 2 - Cell 2
4Ben Swift (GBr) Team SkyRow 3 - Cell 2
5Marko Kump (Slo) Lampre–MeridaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (Rsa) ReinardtTeam Dimension DataRow 5 - Cell 2
7Davide Martinelli (Ita) Etixx–Quick-StepRow 6 - Cell 2
8Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM CyclingRow 7 - Cell 2
9Wouter Wippert (Ned) CannondaleRow 8 - Cell 2
10Patrick Shaw (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto SoudalRow 10 - Cell 2
12Koen De Kort (Ned) Giant–AlpecinRow 11 - Cell 2
13Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 12 - Cell 2
14Juan José Lobato Del Valle (Esp) Team MovistarRow 13 - Cell 2
15Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La MondialeRow 14 - Cell 2
16José Joaquin Rojas (Esp) Team MovistarRow 15 - Cell 2
17Daryl Impey (Rsa) Orica–GreenEdgeRow 16 - Cell 2
18Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Dimension DataRow 17 - Cell 2
19Leigh Howard (Aus) IAM CyclingRow 18 - Cell 2
20Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) TinkoffRow 19 - Cell 2
21Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Team KatushaRow 20 - Cell 2
22Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Pro CyclingRow 21 - Cell 2
23Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek–SegafredoRow 22 - Cell 2
24Steele von Hoff (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 23 - Cell 2
25Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 24 - Cell 2
26Jascha Sütterlin (Ger) Team MovistarRow 25 - Cell 2
27Oscar Gatto (Ita) TinkoffRow 26 - Cell 2
28Jay McCarthy (Aus) TinkoffRow 27 - Cell 2
29Patrick Bevin (NZl) CannondaleRow 28 - Cell 2
30Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) AstanaRow 29 - Cell 2
31Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM CyclingRow 30 - Cell 2
32Egor Silin (Rus) Team KatushaRow 31 - Cell 2
33Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal0:00:08
34Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Pro CyclingRow 33 - Cell 2
35Laurens De Vreese (Bel) AstanaRow 34 - Cell 2
36Alberto Bettiol (Ita) CannondaleRow 35 - Cell 2
37Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) AstanaRow 37 - Cell 2
39Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Esp) AstanaRow 39 - Cell 2
41Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL–JumboRow 40 - Cell 2
42Nelson Oliveira (Por) Team MovistarRow 41 - Cell 2
43Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff0:00:11
44Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJRow 43 - Cell 2
45Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Steve Morabito (Sui) FDJRow 45 - Cell 2
47Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto SoudalRow 46 - Cell 2
48Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek–SegafredoRow 47 - Cell 2
49Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre–MeridaRow 48 - Cell 2
50Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
51Michael Gogl (Aut) TinkoffRow 50 - Cell 2
52Ivan Rovny (Rus) TinkoffRow 51 - Cell 2
53Lieuwe Westra (Ned) AstanaRow 52 - Cell 2
54Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 53 - Cell 2
55Federico Zurlo (Ita) Lampre–MeridaRow 54 - Cell 2
56Carlos Verona (Esp) Etixx–Quick-StepRow 55 - Cell 2
57Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJRow 56 - Cell 2
58Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Etixx–Quick-StepRow 57 - Cell 2
59Lars Boom (Ned) AstanaRow 58 - Cell 2
60Sean Lake (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 59 - Cell 2
61Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 60 - Cell 2
62Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre–MeridaRow 61 - Cell 2
63Lucas Hamilton (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 62 - Cell 2
64Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica–GreenEdgeRow 63 - Cell 2
65David De La Cruz (Esp) Etixx–Quick-StepRow 64 - Cell 2
66Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Pro CyclingRow 65 - Cell 2
67Nathan Haas (Aus) Team Dimension DataRow 66 - Cell 2
68Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) CannondaleRow 67 - Cell 2
69Sergio Henao (Col) Team SkyRow 68 - Cell 2
70Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx–Quick-StepRow 69 - Cell 2
71Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling0:00:24
72Georg Preidler (Aut) Giant–AlpecinRow 71 - Cell 2
73Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx–Quick-StepRow 72 - Cell 2
74Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek–Segafredo0:00:28
75Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica–GreenEdge0:00:30
76Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 75 - Cell 2
77Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek–SegafredoRow 76 - Cell 2
78Gavin Mannion (USA) Drapac Pro CyclingRow 77 - Cell 2
79Bram Tankink (Ned) LottoNL–JumboRow 78 - Cell 2
80Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Giant–AlpecinRow 79 - Cell 2
81Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Carter Jones (USA) Giant–AlpecinRow 81 - Cell 2
83Bert De Backer (Bel) Giant–AlpecinRow 82 - Cell 2
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 SoudalRow 89 - Cell 2
91Tiago Machado (Por) Team KatushaRow 90 - Cell 2
92Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre–MeridaRow 91 - Cell 2
93Murilo Fischer (Bra) FDJRow 92 - Cell 2
94Ruben Fernandez Andujar (Esp) Team MovistarRow 93 - Cell 2
95Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team MovistarRow 94 - Cell 2
96Jesse Sergent (NZl) AG2R La MondialeRow 95 - Cell 2
97Chris Hamilton (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 96 - Cell 2
98Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJRow 97 - Cell 2
99Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJRow 98 - Cell 2
100Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto SoudalRow 99 - Cell 2
101Patrick Lane (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 100 - Cell 2
102Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJRow 101 - Cell 2
103Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 102 - Cell 2
104Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team KatushaRow 103 - Cell 2
105Jaco Venter (Rsa) Team Dimension DataRow 104 - Cell 2
106Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Eth) Lampre–MeridaRow 105 - Cell 2
107Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 106 - Cell 2
108Rafael Valls Ferri (Esp) Lotto Soudal0:01:19
109Davide Malacarne (Ita) Astana0:01:20
110Moreno Moser (Ita) CannondaleRow 109 - Cell 2
111Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Dimension DataRow 110 - Cell 2
112David Tanner (Aus) IAM Cycling0:01:22
113Marcel Aregger (Sui) IAM CyclingRow 112 - Cell 2
114Samuel Spokes (Aus) Drapac Pro CyclingRow 113 - Cell 2
115Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:25
116Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) LottoNL–JumboRow 115 - Cell 2
117Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 116 - Cell 2
118Jesús Herrada (Esp) Team MovistarRow 117 - Cell 2
119Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Dimension Data0:01:28
120Songezo Jim (Rsa) Team Dimension DataRow 119 - Cell 2
121Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 120 - Cell 2
122Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 121 - Cell 2
123Louis Meintjes (Rsa) Lampre–MeridaRow 122 - Cell 2
124Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM CyclingRow 123 - Cell 2
125Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky0:01:37
126Ian Stannard (GBr) Team SkyRow 125 - Cell 2
127Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 126 - Cell 2
128Rein Taaramäe (Est) Team Katusha0:01:39
129Nathan Earle (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling0:01:41
130Graeme Brown (Aus) Drapac Pro CyclingRow 129 - Cell 2
131Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica–GreenEdge0:01:43
132Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale0:01:46
133Michael Woods (Can) CannondaleRow 132 - Cell 2
134Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:01:55
135Simon Geschke (Ger) Giant–Alpecin0:02:32
136Cheng Ji (Chn) Giant–AlpecinRow 135 - Cell 2
137Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL–JumboRow 136 - Cell 2
138Jack Bobridge (Aus) Trek–SegafredoRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFMichael Albasini (Sui) Orica–GreenEdgeRow 138 - Cell 2
DNFMichael Hepburn (Aus) Orica–GreenEdgeRow 139 - Cell 2

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