Caleb Ewan responds after Eddy Merckx says he disrespected the Giro d'Italia by abandoning

The Australian says he's 'more disappointed than anyone' after climbing off before the end of the Italian Grand Tour's first week

Caleb Ewan at the 2021 Giro d'Italia
(Image credit: Getty)

Caleb Ewan has said he's "more disappointed than anyone" to have abandoned the Giro d'Italia before the end of the first week after finding himself unable to deal with the knee pain he started experiencing at the beginning of stage eight.

"Thanks to all the people sending nice 'get well soon' messages," Ewan said.

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