Caleb Ewan from Lotto Soudal abandons Tirreno-Adriatico after a small crash and a furious start of stage 4 of the event. It seems that he had not yet recovered from the crash and thus he found the Apennines climbs tough and thus could not continue.
The race shifted towards an ascent after the fourth kilometer, and the break seemed far off, at a distance of about 20 kilometers. After pushing through the 50 kilometers mark, it was announced that Caleb Ewan has abandoned the event.
Lotto Soudal made the following official post on Twitter:
🇮🇹 #TirrenoAdriatico@CalebEwan abandoned today. He suffered a bit from yesterday’s small crash and today’s furious start. He and the team decided that it was best not to push it and quit the race. Caleb will now recover and focus on his final preparations for #MilanoSanremo. pic.twitter.com/91hwg2E0JN
— Lotto Soudal (@Lotto_Soudal) March 10, 2022
The main thing that brought him down was the stage 3 crash, it reportedly occurred at a distance of 90 kilometers from the finish line. Ewan came into contact with an Ineos Grenadiers staff member in the feed zone, although he swiftly recovered from the crash and moved forward towards victory. He recovered, but it still took a physical toll on him.
After winning stage 3 of Tirreno-Adriatico, Ewan told the reporters:
It’s a completely different race to what Milan San Remo would be but you do everything you can to get into really good form and you only can tell when you race how good your form is compared to the other guys.
I’m really happy with how the season has started so far. I’ve had a few wins now and I feel like I’m climbing quite well and I’m happy that my sprint is also good. I am happy with where I am at.
Judging from a performance-focused view, Caleb Ewan has had a really good start in 2022. The Saudi Stage opening stage win was a very strong start indeed before being inflicted with COVID-19. After an unplanned season break, he took the Tour du Var stage victory. Not to mention how he surprised everyone after coming second at the Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne.
Now that his focus is on the Milan-San Remo, it has to be noted that he came second twice at this event. It seems the wheels of time are at play again, as Ewan also abandoned Tirreno-Adriatico after stage 3. Milan-San Remo starts on March 19 and all eyes are set on Caleb Ewan. Stay tuned for more updates!
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