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Sprint ace Ewan wins again at Bay Crits

Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan won his second-straight race at the Bay Crits as Austrian Marco Haller secured the series title.

Sprint ace Ewan wins again at Bay Crits

Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan won his second-straight race at the Bay Crits as Austrian Marco Haller secured the series title.

Australian cyclist CALEB EWAN of the Orica - Scott team celebrates after winning the People's Choice Classic street race in Adelaide, Australia.
Australian cyclist CALEB EWAN of the Orica - Scott team celebrates after winning the People's Choice Classic street race in Adelaide, Australia. Picture:Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images

Australian sprint ace Caleb Ewan will target Sunday's national road cycling championships with growing confidence after another Bay Crits race win.

While Ewan's mechanical problems in race one put him out of contention for his fourth series title, he dominated the next two legs for convincing wins.


Austrian Marco Haller capped his comeback from a gruesome knee injury last year by winning the men's series.

Italian Valentina Scandolara secured her second-straight Bay Crits women's series on Thursday, while Australian teammate Peta Mullens won the last round at suburban Williamstown.

The hilly Buninyong circuit near Ballarat is not a happy hunting ground for sprinters at the Australian championships, but Ewan finished runner-up there four years ago.

His second last year at the Milan-Sanremo classic also showcased his increased strength for hillier courses.

"That's the one I really want to win," Ewan said of Sunday's road race.

"It's a course that usually doesn't suit a sprinter, but in certain conditions it can."

Sprint rival Brenton Jones tried to jump him with a late attack on Thursday, but Ewan blew past everyone on the finishing straight.

Ewan might bypass Friday night's criterium at the nationals, where he is the three-time defending champion, to concentrate on Sunday.

The star Lotto-Soudal signing no longer has the mass support of the Australian Mitchelton-Scott team, which will have about 10 starters in Sunday's race.

But Ewan has a very handy ally in new teammate Adam Hansen, a multiple top-five finisher on the Buninyong course.

"It's always going to be hard to beat them (Mitchelton-Scott), but I know their tactics from the last few years, so I will try to work something out to hopefully give it a nudge," Ewan said.

Haller finished fourth on Thursday to secure the series win.

He needed 36 stitches in his left knee after a car hit him on a training ride last year and the injury nearly ruined the Katusha rider's career.

"I simply couldn't think of a better comeback," he said.

Scandolara shared the Lexus Blackburn Bay Crits lead with Australians Chloe Hosking and Rebecca Wiasak going into the last round.

Mullens was in a three-rider break that lapped the field, meaning the series co-leaders sprinted for the minor placings with three laps left before they were taken off the course.

Scandolara timed her sprint to perfection to finish fourth and secure the series title, while Mullens then took out the race win

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