Ewan sprints to third after another crash on stage two of the Tour of Slovenia

Thu 14 Jun 2018

Australian Caleb Ewan has sprinted to third place on stage two of the Tour of Slovenia despite a second crash in as many days. 

Ewan hit the deck on the descent of the day’s only climb but recovered to return comfortably back to the peloton and enjoy the work of a full Mitchelton-SCOTT lead out in the final kilometres.

Caleb crash course
Ewan hit the deck for the second time in two days on the descent of the day’s only climb, but the pint-sized rider was back on his feet quickly, remounted and after a couple of bike changes was guided back to the bunch calmly by the experience of teammate Mathew Hayman.

Durbridge’s demise of the break:
UAE Team Emirates controlled a breakaway of three for the early part of the day, but with Ewan back safely in the bunch Mitchelton-SCOTT committed engine Luke Durbridge to the chase shortly after. 

Big turns by Durbridge saw the gap, which at its maximum earlier in the day reach five-minutes, quickly reduce and the final two survivors were swept up with 10kilometres to race.

Leading the way in the finale
Durbridge and Hayman kept position for the team as the full train formed behind, with Ewan sitting at the back.

Once again finishing on a closing circuit, Mitchelton-SCOTT led the final kilometres and thanks to big turns by Jack Bauer and Daryl Impey they had clear vision at the front of the race.

The speed picked up as Impey pulled off and left Roger Kluge at the front briefly before other trains began to come around the outside. Ewan hit out from the wheel of Luka Mezgec in the final few hundred metres but it was Dylan Groenwegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) who was too strong, coming from behind for the victory. 

Caleb Ewan – 3rd place:
“Today was straight forward again, a few little climbs but nothing too serious. I crashed again on one of the descents which was pretty annoying and I had to spend a bit of time coming back to the bunch which is never ideal. 

“In the final, I had a good lead out but just when I went to step off the wheel my sprint wasn’t very good and I just didn’t have the legs when I needed to go.” 

Tour of Slovenia – Stage 2 Results:
1. Dylan Groenwegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) 3:35:45
2. Matteo Pelucchi (Bora Hansgrohe) ST
3. Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST 

Tour of Slovenia – General Classification after Stage 2:
1. Benjamin Hill (Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum)