Ewan wins Tour Down Under opener

Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) took the first victory of the 2017 WorldTour Tuesday when he out-sprinted Team Sky's Danny Van Poppel and Bora-Hansgrohe's Sam Bennett at the end of stage 1 of the Tour Down Under.

Ewan blasted up the left side of the finishing straight to overcome a lead-out for Bennett by world champion Peter Sagan, while Van Poppel staked out his ground down the middle of the road. Sagan had an early advantage, but Ewan and Van Poppel were quickly able to get on terms with Sagan as he drove Bennett toward the line.

The planned 145km stage from Unley to Lyndoch was shortened to 118km because of extreme heat as temperatures soared above 40 degrees. With one of the final loops lopped off, riders faced two finishing circuits around Lyndoch rather than three.

“It was really stinking hot out there today,” Ewan said at the finish line. “I think everyone felt the heat and it was probably a good idea for organisers to shorten it a little bit.

“I’m super happy to get the win, it was a really close one in the end. A lot of guys ran out of lead out men in that last straight because there was a bit of head wind.

“There was a lot of pressure coming back here with the same finish as last year. I felt the pressure to do the same thing and win. It’s a relief and it’s a great start to the week. It’ll put the whole team on a high and hopefully we can do something like last year.”

The stage was animated early on by Astana’s Laurens De Vreese, who escaped alone after just 3km and held off the bunch until less tan 20km to go. The 29-year-old visibly struggled, his tires sticking to the tarmac as the sun baked down upon him and he constantly checked back in the hope that the peloton would catch him.

Once again Ewan timed his charge the line perfectly, and he caught Bennett off guard as the Irishman swung around Sagan inside the final 150 meters. Ewan, confident, compact, and calculating, sealed the win and with that pulled on the first leader’s jersey of this year’s race.

The Orica rider leads Van Poppel by four seconds with Bennett in third. McCarthy leads the overall contenders in fourth with Nathan Haas and Simon Gerrans just behind him.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott3:24:18
2Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team SkyRow 1 - Cell 2
3Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-HansgroheRow 2 - Cell 2
4Marko Kump (Slo) Team UAE Abu DhabiRow 3 - Cell 2
5Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team SunwebRow 5 - Cell 2
7Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 6 - Cell 2
8Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 7 - Cell 2
9Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 9 - Cell 2
11Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension DataRow 10 - Cell 2
12Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-HansgroheRow 11 - Cell 2
13Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJRow 12 - Cell 2
14Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJRow 13 - Cell 2
15Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 15 - Cell 2
17Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 17 - Cell 2
19Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale-DrapacRow 18 - Cell 2
20Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 19 - Cell 2
21Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team SunwebRow 20 - Cell 2
22Matti Breschel (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step FloorsRow 22 - Cell 2
24Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension DataRow 23 - Cell 2
25Rafael Valls (Spa) Lotto SoudalRow 24 - Cell 2
26Nathan Earle (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 25 - Cell 2
27Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 26 - Cell 2
28Petr Vakoc (Cze) Quick-Step FloorsRow 27 - Cell 2
29Diego Ulissi (Ita) Team UAE Abu DhabiRow 28 - Cell 2
30Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto SoudalRow 29 - Cell 2
31Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Martin Velits (Svk) Quick-Step FloorsRow 31 - Cell 2
33Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 32 - Cell 2
34Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJRow 33 - Cell 2
35Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 34 - Cell 2
36Ben Swift (GBr) Team UAE Abu DhabiRow 35 - Cell 2
37Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 38 - Cell 2
40Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJRow 39 - Cell 2
41Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Cameron Meyer (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 41 - Cell 2
43Luke Rowe (GBr) Team SkyRow 42 - Cell 2
44Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 43 - Cell 2
45Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Katusha-AlpecinRow 44 - Cell 2
46Lucas Hamilton (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 45 - Cell 2
47Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-SegafredoRow 47 - Cell 2
49Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team SunwebRow 48 - Cell 2
50Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-ScottRow 49 - Cell 2
51Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 50 - Cell 2
52Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-ScottRow 51 - Cell 2
53Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-MeridaRow 52 - Cell 2
54Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJRow 53 - Cell 2
55Francois Bidard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 54 - Cell 2
56Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Clement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 56 - Cell 2
58Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 57 - Cell 2
59Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 58 - Cell 2
60Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 59 - Cell 2
61Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Cannondale-DrapacRow 60 - Cell 2
62José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 61 - Cell 2
63Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Team SkyRow 62 - Cell 2
64Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team SkyRow 63 - Cell 2
65Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-SegafredoRow 64 - Cell 2
66Louis Meintjes (RSA) Team UAE Abu DhabiRow 65 - Cell 2
67Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team SunwebRow 66 - Cell 2
68Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 67 - Cell 2
69Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 68 - Cell 2
70Roger Kluge (Ger) Orica-ScottRow 69 - Cell 2
71Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Team UAE Abu DhabiRow 70 - Cell 2
72Samuel Jenner (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 71 - Cell 2
73Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team SkyRow 72 - Cell 2
74Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 73 - Cell 2
75Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step FloorsRow 74 - Cell 2
76Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Jeremy Maison (Fra) FDJRow 76 - Cell 2
78Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-DrapacRow 77 - Cell 2
79Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 79 - Cell 2
81Víctor de la Parte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 83 - Cell 2
85Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-SegafredoRow 85 - Cell 2
87Marco Marcato (Ita) Team UAE Abu DhabiRow 86 - Cell 2
88Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 87 - Cell 2
89Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-AlpecinRow 88 - Cell 2
90Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-AlpecinRow 89 - Cell 2
91James Shaw (GBr) Lotto SoudalRow 90 - Cell 2
92Jai Hindley (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 91 - Cell 2
93Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 92 - Cell 2
94Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 93 - Cell 2
95Manuele Mori (Ita) Team UAE Abu DhabiRow 94 - Cell 2
96Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 95 - Cell 2
97Simon Geschke (Ger) Team SunwebRow 96 - Cell 2
98Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-MeridaRow 97 - Cell 2
99Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 98 - Cell 2
100Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 99 - Cell 2
101Michael Storer (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 100 - Cell 2
102Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Bahrain-MeridaRow 101 - Cell 2
103Callum Scotson (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 102 - Cell 2
104Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 103 - Cell 2
105Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 104 - Cell 2
106Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 105 - Cell 2
107Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 106 - Cell 2
108Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 107 - Cell 2
109Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 108 - Cell 2
110José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
111Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 110 - Cell 2
112William Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-DrapacRow 111 - Cell 2
113Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension DataRow 112 - Cell 2
114Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 113 - Cell 2
115Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 114 - Cell 2
116Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha-AlpecinRow 115 - Cell 2
117Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 116 - Cell 2
118Thomas Scully (NZl) Cannondale-DrapacRow 117 - Cell 2
119Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 118 - Cell 2
120Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension DataRow 119 - Cell 2
121Michal Kolár (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:15
122Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team SunwebRow 121 - Cell 2
123Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Bahrain-Merida0:00:23
124Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data0:00:26
125Jacobus Venter (RSA) Dimension Data0:00:30
126Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky0:00:32
127Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb0:00:50
128Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 127 - Cell 2
129Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 128 - Cell 2
130Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-Scott0:03:35
131Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 130 - Cell 2
132Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team0:06:56
DNFJohan Le Bon (Fra) FDJRow 132 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Cockatoo Valley - km 74.3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team5pts
2Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-Scott2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Cockatoo Valley - km 100.8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe5pts
2José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-Scott2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Humbug Scrub - km 38.6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team10pts
2Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale4Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin2Row 3 - Cell 3
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Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott3:24:18
2Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team SkyRow 1 - Cell 2
3Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 2 - Cell 2
4Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJRow 4 - Cell 2
6Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team SunwebRow 5 - Cell 2
7Lucas Hamilton (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 6 - Cell 2
8Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJRow 7 - Cell 2
9Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-SegafredoRow 8 - Cell 2
10Samuel Jenner (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team SkyRow 10 - Cell 2
12Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step FloorsRow 11 - Cell 2
13Jeremy Maison (Fra) FDJRow 12 - Cell 2
14Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 13 - Cell 2
15Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-AlpecinRow 14 - Cell 2
16James Shaw (GBr) Lotto SoudalRow 15 - Cell 2
17Jai Hindley (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 16 - Cell 2
18Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Michael Storer (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 18 - Cell 2
20Callum Scotson (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 19 - Cell 2
21Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 20 - Cell 2
22Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 21 - Cell 2
23Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 22 - Cell 2
24Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension DataRow 23 - Cell 2
25Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb0:00:15
26Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb0:00:50
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Combativity
Rider Name (Country) Team
Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bora - Hansgrohe10:12:54
2FDJRow 1 - Cell 2
3Lotto SoudalRow 2 - Cell 2
4UAE Abu DhabiRow 3 - Cell 2
5Team Katusha AlpecinRow 4 - Cell 2
6Team SunwebRow 5 - Cell 2
7Team SkyRow 6 - Cell 2
8Team Lotto Nl - JumboRow 7 - Cell 2
9Quick - Step FloorsRow 8 - Cell 2
10BMC Racing Team