Ewan finishes his Australian campaign with fifth place at Race MelbourneThu 26 Jan 2017
Four-time 2017 Tour Down Under stage winner Caleb Ewan has had to settled with a fifth place finish in his final race of the Australian season, Race Melbourne today.
Ewan, who said to media last week that he was surprised his sprint ‘luck’ hadn’t come to an end, was boxed in within the final kilometre and didn’t manage to re-position ahead of the sprint.
Ahead, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) took a convincing win ahead of Danny van Poppel (Team Sky) and Scott Sunderland (IsoWhey).
“Caleb was boxed in, in the final bunch sprint,” ORICA-SCOTT sport director Matt Wilson said. “He tried to drop back ad go around but he ran out of road and wasn’t able to reposition well enough to contest the sprint.”
“His run was bound to come to an end at some point but we are not disappointed, his summer performances have be incredible and he will return to Europe this weekend with a lot of confidence that we hope we put him in a strong position for the long season still ahead.”
Race Melbourne, a curtain raiser for the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race this Sunday, was raced on the iconic Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race track at Albert Park.
“Today’s race was a great edition for the Cadel Road Race calendar,” Wilson said. “It allowed the guys to open up the legs again rather than having a long week between races.”
“Albert Park is a common training area for local riders but it’s an iconic location across the world thanks to the Grand Prix so it was great to be able to race there.”
Earlier in the day, two large breakaways animated proceedings. Colombian climber Esteban Chaves tested his legs by appearing in both moves.
New Zealand teammate Sam Bewley joined him in the second move that gained the biggest advantage of the day, 56seconds, before the race was back together for the sprint with three laps remaining.
Race Melbourne Results:
1. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) 2:21:39
2. Danny van Poppel (Team Sky) ST
3. Scott Sunderland (IsoWhey) ST
4. Caleb Ewan (ORICA-SCOTT) ST