Much of the cycling world first heard about Caleb at this time last year when he won two stages (stage 2 and 4) of the Bay Crits when he surprised everyone by upstaging a hungry GreenEDGE in a much more competitive field than this year. Since then he’s continued with some great results on the track and came 2nd in the Junior World Road Championships in the Netherlands. All eyes were on him this week and he showed that last year was no fluke.

The media (including myself) is going nuts about Caleb but I’m glad to see his coach Brad McGee and Cycling Australia being cautiously optimistic and conservative about Caleb’s development. Although Caleb is now officially in his first senior year, he can technically start the TdU with UniSA-Australia team. However, selectors have decided to sit him out and continue with their policy of overlooking first year seniors in the team. Kevin Tabotta (CA performance director) told the Herald Sun, “Up until December 31, Caleb Ewan was still a junior and we’ve been reluctant to select riders going into their first (senior) year,” “He would only be three weeks into his first season and (would be) going into a WorldTour race with a quality field and five-day competition.” A one hour criterium is much different than than a four hour road stage at the World Tour level and I agree that throwing Caleb in the deep end of professional cycling three weeks into his senior year would be taking things far too fast.

Ewan has been labeled as a sprinter and that’s how we’ve seen him win all these big races, but the truth is that there’s still lots to be discovered about his strength and weaknesses and his development is still an blank canvass. Speaking with Caleb, he doesn’t even reckon he’s a sprinter, he says he’s more of a climber!

What I find even more impressive about Caleb Ewan over and above his physical abilities, is his maturity and humbleness. To get a feel for his personality, have a look at Jane Albury’s interview with him earlier this week:

In episode 2 of The Bike Lane, I interviewed a few professional riders and his coach Brad McGee about their thoughts on how far Caleb will go and what type of rider he’ll turn into. That will be posted next week…

JAYCO HERALD SUN TOUR BEGINS

Now our attention turns to the Jayco Herald Sun Tour where the 4.7km prologue was held last evening in Williamstown. Former junior track champion at only 20yrs of age, Jordan Kerby (Suzuki-Bontrager) surprised everyone by winning the opening stage with a time of 5:25:01 seconds and wears the leader’s yellow jersey. New Zealander Joe Cooper (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers) was second in 5:26.48 and former rower David Kelly (Total Rush-Hyster) was third in 5:28.69.

SEE FULL JAYCO HERALD SUN TOUR PROLOGUE RESULTS HERE

Organisers have pushed today’s stage early from 11:30am to 9:30am as the temperature is forecasted to reach 41C. Stage 1 will be headed from Sunbury to Bendigo over 148kms and will likely be split to shreds as it immediately climbs over the steep side of Mount Macedon and the hot crosswinds will be blowing a gale. It should be an exciting finish as the riders will enter the Bendigo velodrome in a Paris-Roubaix style finale.

See full details of Stage 1 here.

BAY CRITS STAGE 3 HIGHLIGHTS

Stage 3 Results: Nelson Place, Williamstown

Elite Men’s STAGE Results

Pos. Rider Team Points
1 Mitchell Docker Orica GreenEDGE 12
2 Harry Carpenter Team SASI 10
3 Greg Henderson Degani Bakery Café 8
4 Shaun Mccarthy Team Budget Forklifts 7
5 Caleb Ewan Bikebug 6

 

Elite Men’s GENERAL CLASSIFICATION Results

Pos. Rider Team Points
1 Caleb Ewan Bikebug 23
2 Greg Henderson Degani Bakery Café 14
3 Mitchell Docker Orica GreenEDGE 12
4 Jen Mouris Orica GreenEDGE 12
5 Graham Briggs GBR National Team 12
6 Luke Durbridge Orica GreenEDGE 12
7 Harry Carpenter Team SASI 10
8 Kristian House Rapha Condor JLT 10
9 Leigh Howard Orica GreenEDGE 10
10 Shaun Mccarthy Team Budget Forklifts

 

Elite Women’s STAGE Results

Pos. Rider Team Points
1 Melissa Hoskins Orica – AIS 12
2 Peta Mullens Anytime Fitness Trek 10
3 Kimberly Wells Specialized Securitor 8
4 Nicole Whitburn Liv/Giant 9
5 Emily Collins Wiggle Honda 7

Elite Women’s GENERAL CLASSIFICATION Results

Pos. Rider Team Points
1 Melissa Hoskins Orica – AIS 32
2 Peta Mullens Anytime Fitness Trek 23
3 Kimberly Wells Specialized Securitor 20
4 Tiffany Cromwell 17
5 Nicole Whitburn Liv/Giant 13
6 Gracie Elvin