Tour Down Under: Caleb Ewan wins opening stage

Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan follows up People's Choice Classic victory with first WorldTour race leadership in Tour Down Under - Photos by Graham Watson

Aussie fastman Caleb Ewan takes his first WorldTour win of 2016 - surely not his last?

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge) combined a fast turn of speed and quick thinking to navigate his way through a hot and blustery final and win the first stage of the Tour Down Under today.

The 21-year-old beat Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data) and Wouter Wippert (Cannondale) in a bunch sprint with Britain’s Adam Blythe (Tinkoff) and Ben Swift (Sky) finishing fifth and seventh, respectively.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.