Turkey: Ewan hopes stage win ‘gets ball rolling’ for Giro d’Italia
With a Grand Tour double on the horizon, Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan admits to feeling the pressure after what he feels has been a slow start to his first season with Lotto Soudal …
“Already after the first stages, although not having the best legs, I knew that a stage win would be possible, so I got more confidence as the race progressed and also my legs were feeling better as well,” explained Ewan, who claimed his sprint power was not at its best in the final.
“I took my two victories so far this year both in uphill sprints, but I am confident that I can still win during the flat finishes as well,” continued last year’s Milan-San Remo runner-up. “I have been missing my lead-out man Jasper De Buyst (BEL). During the hectic finishes, I was maybe lacking that last guy to get me in the perfect position. The uphill finishes are therefore a little easier to position myself.
“It is a relief to take the victory here with the team constantly supporting me, and now I get to reward them with a win,” shared Ewan, who plans to do the Grand Tour double beginning with his third start in Italy next month before debuting at the Tour de France in July. “There’s a little less pressure now going into the final days.
“I hope this victory gets the ball rolling for the Giro d’Italia, which will be my next race in a few weeks,” the Giro and Vuelta a España stage winner concluded. “I hope, once the Giro arrives, to be in the best possible shape.”