Caleb Ewan has some big targets on his 2021 radar in his 3rd year with the Lotto Soudal WorldTour team. The Australian sprinter stated he wanted to race all 3 Grand Tours for the initial time in the similar period, and get a phase at each race as effectively.
Ewan collected seven of the 12 complete victories won by the Lotto Soudal squad very last period. It is a tall get for the sprinter, who measures about 15cm shorter in top than his rivals but is now recognised for his major accomplishments on the bike.
“The Tour features far more choices for sprinters this year and that is an prospect for me. In other yrs I was not concerned in that green fight and I only aimed for stage victories,” he informed Internet Nieuwsblad.
About racing the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España, he reported, “But that is just one of my aims in 2021. Just like the inexperienced jersey, by the way.”
To earn a stage in just about every of the Grand Tours in one calendar yr was final achieved by Italian Alessandro Petacchi when racing for Fasso Bortolo in 2003, and he raked in 15 phase wins merged that 12 months at the 3 races.
Ewan has 5 Tour phase wins, adding two victories in 2020. He was first to the line on stage 3 in Sisteron, which later on Ewan mentioned was his preferred earn of the year, and then won stage 11 in Poitiers. He has 5 profession wins at the Giro and one stage earn at the Vuelta, which he last raced in 2015 while at Orica-GreenEDGE.
“Five is really an accomplishment and I’ll go for the green jersey in the future,” Ewen said very last slide about the Tour. In the details classification in Francd, his very best placement was second in 2019, 68 points driving winner Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe).
“My task for the team is to gain,” he described in Oct right after a acquire at Scheldeprijs at the conclude of 2020. “Anyone has their part in the group, and they are all crucial. My purpose is to gain races, and I am delighted that I could supply this calendar year.”
Ewan is making ready to depart his European base in Monaco in a matter of times for the Lotto Soudal teaching camp in Spain, which will be divided in three teams – sprinters, climbers, Classics riders – for continued COVID-19 coronavirus protocols. Owing to UCI race cancellations associated to the pandemic, he is not in Australia this January.
Ewan has only raced two Grand Tours in the similar year on a person celebration, 2019, coming absent with a number of wins in the Giro and Tour. He is however just 26 aged, he and his guide-out adult men – Roger Kluge and Jasper De Buyst – are all beneath deal by way of 2022, and the races are again on their traditional calendar positions, so much this yr.
“There was constantly the opportunity to go to the Vuelta, but it feels like a really extensive yr, even however we haven’t actually raced that much,” Ewan had explained about 2020. “I hope that following period the biking calendar is usual yet again.”