Tour Down Under 2023: All Results and News, Aussie Caleb Ewan wins Schwalbe Classic

Australian cycling star Caleb Ewan clinched victory at the Schwalbe Classic in front of a raucous crowd from Adelaide, while Kiwi Ally Wollastan proved too strong in the women’s race.

Australian sprint superstar Caleb Ewan won the Schwalbe Classic on Saturday night in front of a raucous city crowd.

The 28-year-old was roared across the Flinders Street finish line one hour, two minutes and 37 seconds after the starting gun before the official Santos Tour Down Under WorldTour racing season began.

A nine-time Tour Down Under stage winner, Ewan used his incredible strength to rise to the front of the peloton ahead of some of the best motorcyclists the Tour Down Under has seen since its inception in 1999.

Ewan’s victory kept Australia’s Grand Tour winner Jai Hindley out of trouble in a race tailor-made for sprint guns.

Hindley’s incredible win at the 2022 Giro D’Italia has left the Australian superstar ice-cold ahead of the new 2023 UCI WorldTour season.

The West Australian is only the second Australian to win a Grand Tour in more than 100 years of the world’s toughest stage race, after Cadel Evans won the Tour de France title in 2011.

“The last time I was at the TDU (Tour Down Under), I wasn’t at the press conference,” Hindley said with a wink.

“I’ll tell you that, still, and the Australian audience and all the fans, I don’t believe in it, I have my own ambitions.”

Hindley last rode in the 2020 Tour Down Under WorldTour led by Team Sunweb and watched by South Australia’s Luke Roberts.

Hindley narrowly missed the GC at the Giro D’Italia during the height of Covid in 2020.

He finished 18th overall at the Tour Down Under in 2020 and 2019 after making his debut at the event for UniSA where he finished 25th in 2017.

Bora-hansgrohe’s Hindley is the men’s all-Australian for the WorldTour race, which begins Tuesday night with a prologue for the first time in racing history.

The winner of the Adelaide Riverbank time trial will also win and wear the ocher leader’s jersey for the Ziptrak Stage 1 Tanunda to Tanunda on Wednesday.

Race director Stuart O’Grady’s WorldTour debut will bear fruit after the two-time Tour Down Under champion attracted what is arguably the most exciting peloton in the history of the race.

Hindley, 26, leads the Australian pack, followed by Super Grand Tour champions Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas and slick Aussie Michael Matthews.

O’Grady was excited about the presence of some of the biggest names in world cycling in Adelaide in 2023.

“I’d like to think the boys are happy to be here,” O’Grady said.

“I personally know how important it is to be in Adelaide for the races to get the build-up that makes it easier for you for the rest of the season.

“I found that out for myself (as a professional driver).

“And I’m privileged and proud to sit with them and very, very grateful that they made a commitment to be here.”

KIWI ACHIEVES HISTORIC VICTORY IN THE WOMEN’S SCHWALBE CLASSIC

Team New Zealand’s Ally Wollastan won the Women’s Schwalbe Classic on the eve of Monday’s historic inaugural Santos Tour Down Under WorldTour.

22-year-old Wollastan drove to victory in a mass sprint at Flinders Street on the street circuit on Saturday night.

The day’s scorching 38C was met by strong southerly winds in the early evening which favored attacks as Wollastan – after a second place finish at the 2022 New Zealand national road titles – was too strong across the finish line.

Jayco UlULa’s Georgie Howe led at the start of the race in a snapshot of what fans can expect in Ziptrak Stage 1 from Glenelg to Aldinga starting at 11:30am on Monday.

Annette Edmondson, assistant race director for the Santos Tour Down Under, seemed delighted with the critical races.

“We have been very hungry to get back racing, we are ready to engage in the peloton of the WorldTour, an important moment for Australian cycling,” said Edmondson.

She was ecstatic on the eve of the Tour Down Under making her UCI WorldTour debut to open the 2023 season around the world.

Seven years after Edmondson competed in the UCI’s 2.2 event before women received the same prize money as SA men’s WorldTour stars in 2018, the race was upgraded to the world’s highest professional race for the first time last year.

Edmondson and his assistant Carlee Taylor, Assistant Race Director of the Tour Down Under, are expected to enjoy three extremely busy and enjoyable days of top-class racing alongside Race Director Stuart O’Grady.

Stage 2 leads from Birdwood to Uraidla.

Let’s Go Leg 3 starts at the Torrens footbridge in town before culminating with a quick finish at the Montacute Road, Campbelltown finish line.

And current Australian road champion Brodie Chapman is confident her teammates can battle it out for big prizes during the three-stage race as she braces for another blast of scorching 38C on Tuesday.

“The heat is about monitoring yourself. I would imagine it’s like racing at altitude,” Chapman said.

“We have a team of experts to help us.”

“I like to pre-chill as much as possible, take a cold shower before going out, try to drink all my liquid calories, get the body wet and get out of the sun as soon as possible.”

And to wear the national colors of the road champion at the WorldTour for the entire season for the first time in her career is monumental for the climbing specialist.

“It’s definitely as special as you can imagine wearing the national champion’s jersey,” said Chapman.

“The jersey itself isn’t always a guaranteed thing in your career and to be able to ride in the Tour Down Under and the first race here after Covid is very special and not lost on me.”

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