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by Shane Stokes
December 14, 2017
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Already holding stage wins in the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana, young Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan is taking on the sport’s biggest target in 2018. The 23-year-old rider’s Orica-Scott squad confirmed on Wednesday that he will ride his first Tour de France next July.
“If there’s any race that you want to do when you’re growing up as an aspiring young cyclist it would be the Tour de France,” said Ewan. “I’ve been itching to get there ever since I turned professional. I think that next year I will be definitely be ready for it. It will be the fourth Grand Tour that I have started and after getting stage wins at both the Giro and the Vuelta the aim is to keep that going into the Tour and try to get a stage win there.
“Obviously the Tour is a unique event and I am looking at it as another step up, but I feel that I am ready for it and with the success we have been having within the sprint train we have speed and versatility for different types of finishes.”
Ewan took 12 victories in 2017, including a Giro stage win. He’ll aim to improve on that with the rebranded Michelton-Scott team next season, and head sport director Matt White believes he can shine. “We know that Caleb is ready for the Tour,” he stated. “It is going to be a learning experience and we will be supporting him 100%. He has won at the Giro and the Vuelta and the natural progression is that now he gets a crack at the Tour de France.”
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