The 22-year-old sprinter will be part of a strong Orica-BikeExchange team at the Tour Down Under, with 2016 winner Simon Gerrans and Grand Tour contender Esteban Chaves already confirmed in the seven-rider team. Ewan won the opening and closing stages of the race in 2016, with Gerrans taking stages three and four. The team has won the race on three occasions with Gerrans and is aiming to make it back-to-back overall victories for the first time in 2017.
Orica-BikeExchange will reveal its 2017 kit produced by Giordana on Monday. It has still to reveal its major goals and team leaders for the Grand Tours but Ewan is looking forward to beginning his season in Australia.
“It will be hard to top or go as good as last year but I think if I’m in good enough form then I should be able to perform,” Ewan told the Adelaide Advertiser newspaper.
“In front of a home crowd is probably the best place for me to perform at the moment, as I’m trying to build up my name in the country. It’s just good to get a good start to the season before you head over to Europe, so you go with a bit more confidence. That’s also really important for me as well.”
Ewan won five races in 2016, including the Hamburg Cyclassics WorldTour race and the final stage at the Tour of Britain. He was close to victory in many others, including stages at the Giro d’Italia, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour de Pologne. He was part of Australia’s team for the World Championships in Qatar but failed to make it into the echelon that decided the race.
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