Caleb Ewan lands shot at sixth Tour de France stage win

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Caleb Ewan has been chosen to shoot for extra Tour de France glory after Australia’s high sprinter was introduced because the spearhead of Lotto Dstny’s workforce for subsequent month’s race.

Ewan, a prolific winner within the high occasions, has lastly hit his stride once more after enduring what he felt was his worst begin to a season.

Three weeks in the past, the 28-year-old Sydneysider lastly claimed his first victory of a tough 2023 marketing campaign in a good-quality Belgian one-day race, which was the sixtieth triumph of his distinguished profession.

And it supplied simply the increase his Belgian workforce had been hoping for because it introduced a Tour de France workforce on Wednesday with a dash prepare geared to serving to the “Pocket Rocket” win his sixth Tour stage when the three-week grand tour kicks off in Bilbao at first of July.

“We ship a powerful choice to the Tour,” Lotto Dstny sports activities supervisor Kurt Van de Wouwer stated.

“Caleb Ewan has already received 5 levels within the Tour de France and desires so as to add a number of within the coming version.

“The previous two years, he has had his share of unhealthy luck on the Tour, and in addition the previous months haven’t been going completely, however he nonetheless stays one of many quickest riders of the bunch.

“He’s our largest probability to take a stage win. That’s the reason we’ve got surrounded him very well with Jasper De Buyst, who has proven his glorious form the previous weeks, and Jacopo Guarnieri as vital components within the dash prepare.”

Ewan had hoped for a blistering begin to 2023 after having suffered a dismal 2022 marketing campaign within the grand excursions.

He suffered crashes, accidents and near-misses in each the 2022 Giro d’Italia, which he dubbed the “Giro from hell”, and the Tour, the place he limped on courageously regardless of quite a few setbacks to win the “Lanterne Rouge”, awarded to the final finisher within the area.

However issues received little higher at first of this 12 months as he was crushed in two agonisingly shut finishes, prompting him to complain: “This was in all probability the worst begin of my profession.”

However after his win in Belgium, he declared: “I didn’t wish to go to the Tour de France with no win to my title. Hopefully this may give me the boldness I wanted and the ball will begin rolling now.”

Ewan will function amongst what’s more likely to be a powerful Australian contingent, with 2022 Giro d’Italia winner Jai Hindley (BORA-hansgrohe) and Ben O’Connor (AG2R Citroen) main the yellow jersey hopes.

-AAP


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