Caleb Ewan from New South Wales has won the under 23 men’s criterium national title at the MARS Cycling Australia Road National Championships in Ballarat this afternoon.
The 19 year took out the Championships in a sprint line ahead of Robert McCarthy (SA) and Alex Wohler (QLD).
As the bell rung to signal the final lap of the 33 kilometre race, Ewan’s fellow Road World Championships teammate Samuel Spokes made a last ditch effort to solo to victory before the hungry peloton swallowed him up on the final bend.
“I was in a perfect position coming into the last straight, I was not too far in front and not too far back and it just worked out perfect in the end.”
“Coming into the race I was speaking with Brad [McGee] and we agreed I would sit in and take myself out of the race as much as possible to make other people to work.
“It forced Avanti to do that because they didn’t have anyone in the break which was perfect for me.”
Ewan managed to escape a fall on the final corner to chase down Wohler with enough time to salute to the crowd.
“There was a crash on the bottom [of the course] but the good thing about being a heavily marked person is that a lot of the fighting happens behind you.
[quote_center]“It’s really good for me to get the Australian title, it’s my last year in under 23 and it’s really good to get a win,” [/quote_center]
Ewan will now turn his focus to the under 23 men’s road race which begins at 9.00am on Saturday January 11.