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by Shane Stokes
February 22, 2018
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Andrea Guardini (Bardiani-CSF) and Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) were both left wondering what might have been at the end of stage one of the Abu Dhabi Tour, although each will have different sources of regret. For Guardini, the Italian ran out of time before the line and was unable to overhaul the winner Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates).
However, he chose to take a glass-half-full approach. “We can be really happy. Being second behind Kristoff and leaving behind a stellar cast of sprinters is a great result,” he said. “The first race I did in Colombia left me good impression about my form and today I had the confirmation. I’m happy also for the feeling with my new teammates: today’s lead out was almost perfect. I knew the finale and the risk of head wind. We followed other trains until 200 meters, then I found the right way to make my own sprint, thanks also to Ewan’s proper behaviour. Now I hope to exploit in the best way the next two chances.”
Ewan noted the rise to the line plus the headwind, and realised what went wrong. “I think I probably started my sprint too early,” he said. “[I] ideally should have come from behind or let one of the other sprinters start their sprint first. But I didn’t want to risk losing any speed, so I committed.
“The sensations are good, the guys did a great job and I feel strong so there are plenty of positive signs for the next few days.”