Can anyone stop Caleb Ewan? The Orica-Scott sprinter’s rivals must now be wondering what they have to do to beat the Australian, after he claimed his third victory in the 2017 Tour Down Under on Friday.

Once again, it was turn of pace and ideal positioning that saw the 22-year-old come out on top in the drag race to the line in Campbelltown after a rolling stage.

Just as he did the previous day, Ewan cruised home ahead of world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) with Sky’s Danny van Poppel in third.

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British sprinter Ben Swift (UAE Abu Dhabi) came in for fourth.

Meanwhile, overall race leader Richie Porte (BMC Racing) finished in the main peloton to safely retain his position at the top of the general classification.

Australian Porte leads Spaniard Gorka Izaguirre (Movistar) by 20 seconds overall, with Colombian Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) a further two seconds adrift.

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The riders will now tackle the 2017 Tour Down Under’s ‘queen’ stage, finishing atop Willunga Hill on Saturday. Porte has made this stage his own, winning it on three occasions – and all the signs are there that he could make it four this year.

The race concludes on Sunday with a fast criterium stage around Adelaide, another chance for Ewan to grab a stage win.