Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 20, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Caleb Ewan asserts Tour Down Under sprint dominance with stage 3 win; The comeback star: Marianne Vos on her stellar cross season and the pure joy of being back; Cookson answers questions at Tour Down Under; Nippo – Vini Fantini manager asks for Italian federation, UCI to intervene in Giro wildcard process; RCS Sport director responds to wildcard selection reactions; Quintana to race Giro-Tour double;Wiggins’ former teammate speaks in defence of TUEs; 15 WorldTour teams for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Gaudry re-elected as President of the Oceania Cycling Confederation; Armstrong enters endurance MTB race with former Postal teammates; Santos Tour Down Under, stage 3 highlights; ORICA-Scott Backstage Pass – Tour Down Under, stage 3; Video: Cyclist has close call with falling tree.

Caleb Ewan asserts Tour Down Under sprint dominance with stage 3 win

by Matt de Neef

When Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) blasted across the finish line to win stage 3 of the Santos Tour Down Under this afternoon, it was his second stage win of the TDU and his third victory of the week. And yet it was only today that the 22-year-old clearly showed he’s the strongest sprinter in the race.

Two days before the TDU, Ewan won the People’s Choice Classic criterium in impressive style, but he did so with Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) as his main rival and Peter Sagan on lead-out duties. Likewise on stage 1 when Bora-Hansgrohe had planned to sprint for Sagan, but the world champion decided during the race that Bennett would again get the nod.

But on stage 3, the much-anticipated Ewan vs Sagan showdown finally happened and it was Ewan that emerged victorious. It wasn’t particularly close either — Ewan hit the front first and Sagan didn’t just struggle to get around his younger rival; he struggled to even hold his wheel.

Perhaps more impressive than the final margin in Victor Harbor was the way Ewan manoeuvred himself into position. A crash inside the final three kilometres saw Daryl Impey get held up, leaving Ewan without a key lead-out man in what turned out to be a chaotic final sprint. He navigated his way through the field with apparent ease though, before punching through for victory.

“Because we didn’t have Daryl there, Roger [Kluge] and Durbo [Luke Durbrige] helped him into position,” said Orica-Scott sports director Matt White. “[In the] last 600 meters [Ewan’s] come from a long way back and read the sprint very very well. And if you look at the overhead shot he was seventh or eighth wheel with 400 meters to go and won by three bike lengths.”

Stage 3: Glenelg > Victor Harbor - Stage Result

Thursday 19th January 2017

1. au
EWAN Caleb
ORICA-Scott
03:24:45
2. sk
SAGAN Peter
Bora - Hansgrohe
-
3. it
BONIFAZIO Niccolo
Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team
-
4. nl
VAN POPPEL Danny
Team Sky
-
5. be
THEUNS Edward
Trek - Segafredo
-
6. de
ARNDT Nikias
Team Sunweb
-
7. be
DE BIE Sean
Lotto Soudal
-
8. fr
MANZIN Lorrenzo
FDJ
-
9. pt
GUERREIRO Ruben
Trek - Segafredo
-
10. be
PLANCKAERT Baptiste
Team Katusha - Alpecin
-

 

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