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To say Caleb Ewan has hit the ground running is an understatement; he’s only officially been a pro rider for two and a half months, but already he has clocked up four UCI victories and also landed four other wins in non-UCI events.
Given that he is just 20 years of age and is the youngest rider on the Orica GreenEdge team, he would have been excused had he taken more time to find his feet. However, after a superb amateur career which saw him take results such as three stages in the Tour de l’Avenir plus silver at the world under 23 road race championships, as well as gaining from a stagiaire slot with Orica GreenEdge last autumn, he has quickly shown that he will swim, not sink.
Ewan’s latest successes came in the Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia. He won two stages there, led the race for several days and ended up with the blue jersey of points classification winner.
Next up for him is his first WorldTour race. He accepts it will be a tougher event but also wants to make the most of his good form and morale.
“After this I have got the Tour of Catalunya, which is obviously going to be quite challenging for me,” he said, speaking to CyclingTips in a sit-down video interview carried out at his team hotel prior to Langkawi’s final stage on Sunday.
“It is quite a hard race and my first WorldTour race for this season.”
Despite that, he remains determined to try to perform there.
“I think the first few stages might be a reduced bunch sprint or just a pure bunch sprint. So I will be looking at going well in the first few stages there,” he said, knowing that his blend of sprinting power and respectable climbing ability could set him up nicely on those days.
“Obviously after that it gets pretty hilly, so I will just be trying to get through towards the end.”
The remainder of his season programme is yet to be mapped out but he knows that he will do a one day race in Spain after Catalunya, then go on to the Tour of Turkey. The latter generally offers several sprinting stages and his aim is to keep his momentum going there.
Longer-term, riding the Tour de France and chasing the points classification is something he is aiming for down the line.
“It is a dream to one day, hopefully, win the green jersey,” he said, before making clear that he knows a lot has to happen before he is in that position. “Obviously I still have a long way to go until then, and a lot of hard work.
“I know that I will work towards goals like that and hopefully one day I can do it.”
In the video interview above Ewan talks about his fine Tour de Langkawi performances, his impressions thus far of Orica GreenEdge and the leadout train being shaped there, his assessment of his own strengths and likely future direction, plus more.
He also speaks about his interest away from cycling, an area which shows just how mature he is for a 20 year old.