Caleb Ewan set free a roar when he crossed the end line to say not solely his first UCI win of the season however the first victory in nearly one yr. The Australian sprinter was the quickest within the hectic bunch dash end on stage 1 of the Tour of Oman.
Ewan’s final two presences on prime of a UCI podium have been on the Van Merksteijn Fences Traditional in Might 2023, and GP de Fourmies in September 2022.
“I felt good. It has been perhaps seven or eight months since my final victory, after which earlier than that, most likely one other seven or eight months. So just one win within the final most likely yr or a yr and a half, ” Ewan instructed flobikes and different media on the end in Muscat.
“I wanted the boldness and I believe it is good that my new staff has the boldness as nicely. So nice feeling to begin like this.”
The stress to ship was constructing the 11-time Grand Tour stage winner who re-joined Staff Jayco-AlUla after a tough 2023. The yr regarded promising when the 29-year-old received the Australian Criterium Championship final month however then he was struck by an sickness within the lead-up to the WorldTour opener, the Tour Down Underneath, the place his greatest inserting was fourth on stage 1.
Including to the stress is the truth that the primary Oman stage, a flat 181.5km affair, was the one probability for the sprinters to shine within the race.
“I’ve felt good all yr to be trustworthy and within the sprinting now, clearly, everybody’s so good that you just actually must get it proper each time. And at the moment, we received it proper and pulled it off.”
The Tour of Oman can be the primary time that Ewan raced together with his leadout man Max Walsheid who was introduced in from Cofidis to bolster the staff’s dash practice. The identical squad will likely be taking up seven-day WorldTour race, Tirreno-Adriatico, in early March. Ewan received a stage on the Italian stage race in 2022.
With a win beneath his belt, he’ll concentrate on the remainder of the season, beginning with utilizing the hilly levels in Oman to his benefit.
“I mentioned to one in all my teammates, I hope I will win at the moment as a result of having the burden off my shoulders within the climbs will make it so much simpler. And I believe whenever you trip round with only a bit extra confidence and simply having that stress off it is gonna make it so much simpler. And now the remainder of the race I can actually concentrate on going fairly deep in a whole lot of the levels and simply type of construct my type.”
“This yr I actually need to come again to my greatest and hopefully that is the beginning of it.”