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by Matt de Neef
February 27, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Caleb Ewan wins Abu Dhabi Tour’s final stage as Rui Costa secures the overall; Greg van Avermaet wins men’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Lucinda Brand solos to victory in women’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Peter Sagan bounces back to win Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne; Ryan Gibbons bolsters Tour de Langkawi lead with stage 5 win; Jolien d’Hoore claims Omloop van het Hageland victory; Peter Sagan’s bizarre post-Het Nieuwsblad interview; On-board highlights from stage 2 of the Abu Dhabi Tour.
After an early celebration cost him the win on stage 2 of the Abu Dhabi Tour, Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) has made amends by winning Sunday’s final stage of the newly promoted WorldTour race.
Ewan handily outsprinted Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) in wet conditions on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Formula 1 circuit after the 143km stage.
“I guess I started this race on a real low with that crash and then I finished on an absolute high,” Ewan said. “After stage 2 I’m really happy to repay my team with a win. They did a great job, we started working early and we knew on this course which were the important corners. They controlled the race from 15 kilometres out and no one really came past us from that moment on.
“If you really want to be on top you need to beat [Marcel] Kittel, Cavendish and Greipel and for me beating them all here … I’m over the moon with that.”
Further back in the bunch Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) was finishing 14th to secure his overall victory. Costa moved into the overall lead by winning Saturday’s queen stage of the race — a 186km stage that ended with the tough 10.8km Jebel Hafeet climb.