Caleb Ewan wins the Jayco Cycling Classic at Williamstown yesterday.MELBOURNE – Teenage cyclist Caleb Ewan is the revelation of the Bay Classic criterium series, upstaging the much-anticipated debut of the GreenEDGE professional team.
The 17-year-old sprint sensation won the fourth and final race and went within one point of snatching the overall title from GreenEDGE star Allan Davis.
After winning race two, the pint-sized speedster unleashed a fearsome turn of speed down the home straight at Williamstown yesterday to overtake the GreenEDGE leadout train.
Ewan (NSWIS) finished a point overall behind Davis, who crossed third in race four to confirm his first Jayco series title.
Had they finished level on points, Ewan would have won on countback.
The GreenEDGE-AIS women’s team dominated their series, with Melissa Hoskings taking out the overall title and Amanda Spratt scoring a solo win in race four.
But the talk of the series was Ewan, who seems destined for a professional contract in the near future.
He is still an under-19 rider and is too young to race at the road nationals, which start tonight in Ballarat.
But the junior world track champion twice beat a world-class field of road sprinters at the Bay Series to confirm his potential.
Davis and sprinting legend Robbie McEwen, who raced the series for the last time, were full of praise.
“We came here to win a (race), but to come away with the overall is nice as well, so it’s a win in itself,” said Davis, who secured the series without taking out a race.
“Full congrats to the young fella.
“He knows where to put himself in the bike race … that will take him just as far as his ability.”
McEwen called Ewan “a little superstar” and predicted he would join GreenEDGE or another top-level pro team in the next three to four years.
“That’s a pretty big deal, to come out and beat everyone here,” McEwen said.
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