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Caleb Ewan wins Tour of Poland stage

Australia's Caleb Ewan has won the fourth stage of cycling's Tour of Poland.

Caleb Ewan wins Tour of Poland stage

Australia's Caleb Ewan has won the fourth stage of cycling's Tour of Poland.

Emerging Australian cyclist Caleb Ewan has sprinted to victory on the fourth stage of the Tour of Poland.

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The 23-year-old Ewan, who also won a stage at this year's Giro d'Italia, was victorious on the Polish tour's longest section (238km) between Zawiercie to Zabrze on Tuesday.


The Orica-Scott rider finished in 5:38:49 in 35-degree heat, ahead of Team Sky's Danny van Poppel and BORA-hansgrohe's sprint star Peter Sagan, who maintained the yellow jersey.

Tasmanian Ewan said the victory helped make up for the disappointment of being out-sprinted in finishing second to Sagan in the first stage in Krakow.

"It was pretty frustrating on the first stage coming second as I knew if I got out when I wanted and started sprinting then I could have won," Ewan said.

"This year I've had to prove myself over long distances and I think it has often been a bit of a question mark whether I can survive longer races.

"With this win today being over 230km and also my stage win at the Giro d'Italia it shows that I can still sprint after a long, hard stage.

"It was really very hot and the stage was very long but in the end for me it was a perfect day."

Team Dimension Data's Nathan Haas is Australia's closest challenger to Sagan for the general classification, sitting 10th ahead Wednesday's fifth stage, which features a 1250m climb.

Haas is an overall 34 seconds behind Sagan, while Ewan sits in 108th place in the yellow jersey race.


AAP



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