Caleb Ewan is one of the most exciting new sprint prospects to emerge in the professional peloton in recent years. His low-on-the-bike sprint style is reminiscent of British star Mark Cavendish, and he looks set to emulate the Manxman’s glittering career.
Ewan was a prolific junior rider, claiming Australian junior national titles in a variety of disciplines: road race, criterium, track and time trial.
His talent was recognised, and Ewan signed to the Australian Institute of Sport development team for the 2013 season. He immediately found success, claiming the Mitchelton Wines Bay Classic series in his native Australia, then going on to take numerous victories, including two stages of the Tour de l’Avenir.
He was signed by the Orica-GreenEdge team as a stagiaire at the end of the 2014 season, and commenced 2015 as a full member of the WorldTour squad. He amassed an impressive tally of wins, including a stage of the Vuelta a España in his first ever Grand Tour appearance.
The following season started well in his native Australia, with victories in the People’s Choice Classic, Tour Down Under and Mitchelton Wines Bay Classic but his form appeared to wane as he reached Europe. An appearance at the Giro d’Italia saw him withdraw without a win, and he missed the Tour de France and Vuelta, but he later netted a stage victory in the Tour of Britain.
Once again, Ewan’s 2017 started with a strong showing in his ‘home’ races, winning the People’s Choice Classic for a second consecutive year and dominating the Tour Down Under’s sprint stages before going on to claim his second career Grand Tour victory on stage seven of the Giro d’Italia.
Ewan’s career will take a step up in 2018, as he has been selected to take part in his first ever Tour de France. A Tour stage win would complete the set, to add to his existing Giro and Vuelta stage victories.