Ewan loses pedal to miss sprint opportunity on stage two

Sat 6 May 2017

After a positive build up, surviving a day predicted to be too difficult, Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan suffered trouble in the final sprint, losing his pedal after a knock to take him out of contention on stage two of the Giro d’Italia

As the 22-year-old hit out, he knocked Quickstep rider Fernando Gaviria next to him and lost his foot out of the pedal and his momentum as Andrei Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) went on to take the victory and overall lead. 

“To be honest I can’t exactly remember what happened,” Ewan said of the finale. “When I bumped into (Gaviria) my foot came out of the pedal and obviously at that point in the race it’s going to be pretty hard to get your foot back in and continue sprinting.” 

“I’m devastated to be honest but if I can take something out of the last couple of days it is my form.

“It’s hard to tell after two days exactly how everyone is going but I think I can say I am up there with the top guys.” 

Today’s stage from Olbia to Tortoli featured over 3,000m of climbing and was tipped to be too hard for the sprinters. But a small early break, long stage and headwind made for a negative day of racing allowing the sprinters to survive.

“It was a stage that could go either way,” Ewan said. “The GC (general classification) teams didn’t want to do anything because it’s too early in the Giro and they were pretty happy for Bora to control thing.

“Both days we have had a pretty solid head wind and also the roads here are quite dead so I think it’s a combination of those two things that is making the racing slow.” 

How it happened:

The 221km second stage of the Giro d’Italia was deceivingly difficult and on paper favoured a strong breakaway.

Somewhat surprisingly, a group of just five riders formed the day’s escape group and quickly established a five-minute advantage. Its size, and a slow pace across the board, made it relatively simple to control for pink jersey wearers Bora-Hansgrohe.

As the race entered the final 70km and onto the last climb, the breakaway’s advantage was just one and a half minutes and they started to attack each other.

By the top of the climb the race was back together, including with all of the main sprinters. Bahrain-Merida hit the front and kept the pace fast on the decent before the race set up for its first sprint.

As he hit out, Caleb touched Gaviria and lost his pedal taking him out of the final sprint won by Greipel.

Giro d'Italia - Stage 2 Results:

1. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) 6:05:18
2. Roberto Ferrari (UAE Team Emirates) ST
3. Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) ST
9. Caleb Ewan (ORICA-SCOTT) ST

Giro d'Italia - General Classification after Stage 2:

1. Andrew Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) 11:18:39
2. Lukas Posltberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) +0:04
3. Caleb Ewan (ORICA-SCOTT) +0:08