Tour of California: Ewan comes close in Long Beach
14 May 2018 04:20
Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) came close to taking his first Tour of California stage win on Sunday, finishing just behind Quick-Step Floors' Fernando Gaviria in the opening-stage bunch kick in Long Beach. Ewan finished a bike length behind Gaviria and ahead of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in a hectic finale that saw a few bumps and elbows fly. "It was a pretty straightforward race today on the circuits," the 23-year-old Australian said at the post-race press conference. "It was a pretty hectic finish because it wasn't too hard during the day, and it's the first stage so there's a lot up for grabs, but my team did a great job to get me to where I needed to be to do the sprint.ADVERTISEMENT "Congrats to Fernando," Ewan said. "He did a great sprint. It was a good day." The 134.5km opening stage took place on a flat 11.5km circuit in the large port town south of Los Angeles. There were no KOMs and just two intermediate sprints to liven up the action. A two-man breakaway animated the day, and Mitchelton-Scott threw Mathew Hayman into the chase along with riders from Quick-Step and Katusha-Alpecin. They brought the breakaway back with just under a lap to go, and the sprint trains took it from there. Ewan said that, despite the loss, he believes his sprint train is equal to Gaviria's; his team just suffered a bit of bad luck.
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