Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 21, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Caleb Ewan claims sprint hat-trick at the Tour Down Under, Porte poised for Willunga defence; Cookson defends Sutton over bullying claims, says he has a great respect for him; Tour Down Under boss pushing for World Championships in 2020; Court to rule in case involving Thomas Dekker tell-all book; Anna van der Breggen ready for new team, new challenges; Christine Majerus ready for to welcome the cyclocross world to Luxembourg; Lars Boom to skip final World Cup; Wanda Group posts nine percent gain in sports division; Steven Hyde is CX Captain America; Video: Tour Down Under, stage 4 highlights; Backstage Pass – TDU, stage 4; Velon ready to bring more action in 2017; Sven Vanthourenhout is on thin ice.

Caleb Ewan claims sprint hat-trick at the Tour Down Under, Porte poised for Willunga defence

by Matt de Neef

With the race all together for the final kilometres, stage 4 was headed for a bunch sprint. And once it got there, Caleb Ewan (ORICA-Scott) was sublime. Again. He ducked and weaved through traffic, picking his line perfectly and hitting the front at exactly the right moment. Again he kept world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) at bay. Sky’s Danny Van Poppel was again around the mark, finishing third on the stage.

“It’s hard for a lead-out train to stay together down a finish like that, down The Gorge,” Ewan said. “I was with Daryl Impey for most of it. And yeah he did a mega job. He had to move me up and then also you saw in the last K he pretty much took me all the way until 300 to go.”

In the final dash, Ewan found himself boxed in, but stayed patient and managed to extricate himself just in time. “Today I probably went later than I would have hoped,” Ewan said. “[But] you know I still got out in time and then there was enough time to get past Danny [Van Poppel] in the end.”

For a brief moment, it seemed as if Campbelltown was about to deliver another surprise result at the Tour Down Under. Jack Bauer (QuickStep Floors), the sole remaining member of the stage 4 breakaway, was descending towards the finish line and holding the peloton at bay. Two years earlier, Jack Bobridge and his breakaway had done the same, barreling down Gorge Road before Bobridge attacked to take a famous last-ditch victory.

“We never had enough rope really to vie for the stage, but I was going to give it a crack anyway,” Bauer said. “It always depends how the bunch is feeling behind you and apparently they were feeling pretty good because it’s not all downhill that Gorge. There’s a fair bit of uphill in it too.”

Stage 4: Norwood > Campbelltown - Stage Result

Friday 20th January 2017

1. au
EWAN Caleb
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Bora - Hansgrohe
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Team Sky


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