Sprint sensation Ewan sets sights on Australian season

Mon 13 Nov 2017

Australia’s fastest cyclist Caleb Ewan has set his sights on another assault on the Australian cycling circuit in 2018, with confirmation of his early season race program today.

The 23-year-old, who claimed 13 victories in 2017 including six in Australia, will return to the Australian Cycling Road National Championships to defend his criterium title and line up in the road race, before heading to the Tour Down Under in Adelaide and concluding his ‘home’ tour on Australia Day at Race Melbourne as part of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.

Australian Cycling Road National Championships

Races:             Wednesday, 3 January 2018 - Criterium Championship
                        Sunday, 7 January 2018 - Road Race Championship

Previously:      1st National Criterium Championship (2017)
                        2nd National Road Race Championship (2015)

Ewan:             “I’m definitely going into the criterium to try to defend my title. We should have a
                        really good team there so I think we have a pretty good chance.”

                       “For the road race, we have a fair few options. For me, I’m hoping the race is a
                        little bit easier, with a head wind up the climb to slow the race down going up
                        the hill, so I can get to the finish for some sort of sprint. But as a team we have
                        options for every race scenario.”

                       “Wearing the green and gold at any point is really an honour. We don’t do a lot of
                        crits so I haven’t been able to wear the green and gold a lot, so it would really
                        be a dream to wear it on the road.”

Tour Down Under

Races:             Sunday, 14th January – People’s Choice Classic
                        Tuesday, 16th to Sunday, 21st January – Tour Down Under

Previously:     1st People’s Choice Classic (2017, 2016)
                        6x Tour Down Under stage winner (2017 – 4, 2016 – 2)

Ewan:              “Obviously, I’d like to repeat what I did last year, but it’s going to be hard to win
                         four stages and the People’s Choice again.” 

                        “There’s probably only three stages that really suit sprinters in the 2018 Tour
                         Down Under, and then there may be a fourth depending on how it is raced.
                         Looking at the profiles, the first two stages and last stage suit me best and then
                         maybe the third stage if it is a more negative race."

                        “This year, the sprint field is a lot better than it’s been in the past two years so
                         it’s definitely going to be challenging.” 

                        “The Tour Down Under is one of the biggest races in Australia and being
                         Australian, racing there, I’m very motivated to do well in my home race.”

Race Melbourne – Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

Race:               Thursday, 25th January – Race Melbourne

Previously:      5th Race Melbourne (2017)

Ewan:              “I’d love to leave Australia on a high and try to win Race Melbourne. It’s
                         definitely one of my big goals for the start of the season.”

                        “It’s a really fast race, obviously there’s no hills and it’s pan flat, but also
                         because of the distance.”

                        “Race Melbourne has a lot of potential. It’s purely targeted to the sprinters
                         and should continue to attract some big names.  It’s right in the centre of the
                         city and the twilight timing in 2018 should add another great atmosphere lift.”

Photo courtesy of TDWsport.