YOUNG RIDER BEATS PROS AT MITCHELTON BAY CYCLING CLASSIC

Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic 2013, Race 1 - Ritchie Boulevard, Geelong

Credit: CJ FARQUHARSON/CJFOTO

The Australian cycling year got underway today at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic, a criterium series held in Geelong, Victoria.

Eighteen year old Caleb Ewan (BIKE BUG) won the first stage, beating the likes of Jens Mouris (ORICA-GREENEDGE) and Greg Henderson (usually LOTTO BELISOL, but today Degani Bakery Cafe).

“Obviously as a 17-year-old coming into this race with all the pros (I was a bit overwhelmed),” he said. “They’re big guys riding the Tour De France and I’m just a little guy.”

“From winning last year, I knew I had the ability to beat these guys and coming into the race I was confident about myself and my speed,” Ewan said.

“I was a lot better just mentally.”

The Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic crits continue tomorrow in Portarlington, while the final day of competition is in Williamstown.

 

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