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by Shane Stokes
November 14, 2017
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Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) will return to the Towards Zero Race Melbourne in 2018 with unfinished business after his fifth place at this year’s edition. The race returns for the second year at Albert Park as the precursor to the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.
After the inaugural race in 2017, which attracted 18 men’s and 15 women’s teams from around the world, the new feature of a twilight edition will mark the beginning of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race weekend of cycling. The women will kick off proceedings at 2:30pm with the men finishing under the lights of Albert Park after a 5pm start.
After a successful season in 2017, including a stage win of the Giro d’Italia in May, Ewan is hoping to add the Towards Zero Race Melbourne to his growing palmares. “I like to start every year in winning form before we depart Australia and head back to Europe,” said Ewan. “Plus, we always like to do well in front of our home fans.” While the final list of teams is yet to be confirmed, event organisers are hopeful reigning champions Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Kirsten Wild (Cylance Pro Cycling) will return to the event that will take place on January 25.
The event will promote road safety in Victoria and the state’s push “Towards Zero”, a campaign aimed at a future where no one is killed or seriously injured on Victorian roads. Ewan will begin his season at the Australian national road championships, doing the critierum and road race, then compete in the Santos Tour Down Under.
“I’m definitely going into the criterium to try to defend my title,” he said. “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.”