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Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge) lived up to his pre-race promise by sprinting to win stage one of the Tour Down Under in Australia on Tuesday.

Ewan takes the early lead in the race – the first time that the 21-year-old has worn the leader’s jersey of a WorldTour race.

“It’s a really proud moment for me,” Ewan said. “I’ve never led a WorldTour race before and to lead my first one in my home country is a real honour.

>>> Tour Down Under: Caleb Ewan wins opening stage

Mark Renshaw came home in second for Dimension Data – the squad making its debut as a WorldTour team.

Dutchman Wouter Wippert (Cannondale) was third, with British riders Adam Blythe (Tinkoff) and Ben Swift (Sky) placing fifth and seventh respectively.

Stage two of the 2016 Tour Down Under runs from Unley to Stirling and is likely to end in a bunch sprint – who would bet against Ewan making it two out of two?