Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 5, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Caleb Ewan claims second consecutive Australian criterium title; Jessica Allen wins Australian criterium title, opens account for Orica-Scott; US cyclocross nationals: Is this the year Hyde takes the title from Powers?; Alexander Kolobnev announces retirement; Nys recons Belgian championship course with team; UAE Abu Dhabi team; US cyclocross championship course providing a challenge; Video: Inside beach racing.

Caleb Ewan claims second consecutive Australian criterium title

by Matt de Neef

Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) has claimed his second Australian criterium title in as many years, winning the bunch sprint in Ballarat this evening to earn another 12 months as national champion.

In a fiercely contested bunch kick in the centre of Ballarat, Ewan got the better of rivals Scott Sunderland (IsoWhey Sports-SwissWellness) and Brenton Jones (Condor-JLT) after patiently biding his time in the bunch throughout the hour-long race.

Ewan had been out of position coming into the final corner but managed to navigate his way through traffic to take a popular win.

“To be honest I wasn’t exactly where I hoped I would be,” Ewan said of the course’s final turn onto Sturt St. “I got boxed off the wheel in the final corner and I started my sprint probably as soon as I came out of that corner and I had to get my way through the bunch.

“Luckily I got out at the end and could beat Scott.”

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