Ewan triumphs on the final stage of the OVO Energy Tour of BritainSun 9 Sep 2018
Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan claimed a much anticipated stage victory on today's final stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain around London city centre.
Mitchelton-SCOTT used their lead-out experience, waiting patiently in the wheels as they headed around the fast final lap, before moving to the front of the bunch to set Ewan up to take team's second stage victory of the 2018 edition of the British tour.
Short and active laps
The final stage was a fast and technical 77km circuit race in London city centre which saw action from the start, with the peloton in one long line thanks to the high pace with a constant stream of attacks.
With the tight turns and no place to hide, it proved hard for any riders to gain a gap over the bunch until almost half-way through the stage.
A duo escape
With 45km to go, Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky) and Emils Liepins (One-ProCycling) were finally able to open up a small advantage. Liepins dropped off the pace, leaving the Sky rider to continue ahead solo, hovering just 20seconds in front.
With 20km remaining, Mitchelton-SCOTT sent Mikel Nieve to the front of the bunch to pick up the tempo and lead the chase. Shortly after the race was all back together again with other teams trying to take control and set their riders up for a sprint finish.
The Australian outfit sat in formation towards the front end of the strung out peloton, before stage two winner Cameron Meyer made one big effort to move Ewan up to the front with just one and a half kilometres remaining.
Dropping Ewan off into a good position, Roger Kluge took over and powered down the final straight. Ewan launched from out of the wheels and to the stage victory, which makes it a stage win in each of the past three editions of the British race for the 24-year-old.
"This year hasn't been great for me so I really wanted to finish off with a good result. I was so motivated to win this stage and I am just happy I had the strength and legs in the end.
"It was really hectic in the end and I was just lucky my team put me in perfect position. Not many guys had lead-outs in the end, I could pick the wheels that I wanted to be on and I had a really good run to the line and I felt really good as well.
"To finish off with a win means a lot to me and it gives me a bit of confidence."
OVO Energy Tour of Britain stage 8 results:
1. Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 1:38
2. Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep-Floors) ST
3. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) ST
Final general classification:
1. Julian Alaphilippe (Quickstep-Floors) 26:25
2. Wout Poels (Team Sky) +0:17
3. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) +0:33
11. Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +1:49
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