Orica-GreenEdge’s sprinting superstar Caleb Ewan is relishing the chance to take on Etixx-Quickstep sprinter Fernando Gaviria in years to come as the pair is the next ‘big’ sprinters developing in the pro peloton.
Yesterday in the race towards Montalto di Castro at the Tirreno-Adriatico the Columbian rider just pipped Ewan on the line as the pair slugged it out for the stage.
The pair is still only 21, so they have plenty of years ahead of them; but for Ewan his emergence has been one of surprise to the wider cycling community.
He won his first WorldTour stage at the Vuelta a Espana last year, and then at the beginning of this year he won two stages at his home Tour, the Tour Down Under.
Ewan looking forward to sprinting against Gaviria this year and in the future
The pair has met in races in younger ages groups, but yesterday was the first time they have raced against each other on the WorldTour stage, and Gaviria just came out on top.
The stage finish on Stage three was fairly technical and speaking about the run in to Di Castro, Ewan said: “He got the jump on me and I got on him but he was too quick in the end, so it was a great sprint by him.”
Ewan said: “This is the first time I’ve really raced him properly. Obviously, he’s super quick.”
The difference in style and stature is for all to see; Ewan is a diminutive rider, whereas Gaviria is quite physical imposing. But if you watch Ewan on the bike, you can see he has watched Mark Cavendish, as he gets extremely low to help with aerodynamics.
Speaking of the difference: “He’s a bit bigger than me, but he’s still not a huge guy. He’s kind of in between the small sprinters and the really big ones,” said the 21-year-old Orica rider.
There is no doubting they will be the stars of the future, but there still could be another person which could arrive on the block and challenge their dominance.
Ewan: “It seems that we’re going to be sprinters of the future but I’m sure someone else will come along as well and so it won’t just be Gaviria and me.”