Fernando Gaviria v Caleb Ewan: The future of sprinting?

Fernando Gaviria got the better of Caleb Ewan on the first sprint stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, but will these two riders be rivals for years to come?

Fernando Gaviria V Caleb Ewan: The Future Of Sprinting?

Fernando Gaviria & Caleb Ewan (Watson)

Fernando Gaviria (Etixx Quick-Step1) and Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge2) placed first and second in Tirreno-Adriatico stage three today in Montalto di Castro, Italy, but more significantly, they could have signalled the future of sprinting. Cycling s best sprinter over the last 10 years, Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data3) led the sprint for team-mate Edvald Boasson Hagen. He swung off in the last kilometre on the road through northern Lazio and essentially opened the door for a new generation. Gaviria, who is racing his first WorldTour event, and Ewan, already a Vuelta a Espa a stage winner4, showed they have the goods.

The future of sprinting? It seems like that, said Zdenek Stybar, Gaviria s Etixx team-mate and Tirreno-Adriatico s current overall leader5.

They are both very young. Gaviria is only 21. So is Ewan. It seems like it will be very difficult to beat those two guys. Gaviria, with a light beard, muscled his bike up the slight 7% grade with his hands on the brake hoods. Etixx sports director, Brian Holm likened it to Giuseppe Saronni s World Championship win in Goodwood in 1982.

Ewan, slightly shorter, shot off Gaviria s wheel and with his chest leaned down over his bars, nearly sprinted past.

That low profile, it s something I ve been working on, Ewan said as his team-mates, including Adam Yates6, waited for him to ride back to the hotel. He s a bit bigger than me, but he s still not a huge guy. He s kind of in between the small sprinters and the really big ones. Gaviria s team-mate Marcel Kittel7 has not only a bigger stature, but a bigger palmar s with Tour de France stage wins. Etixx signed him this year to lead its sprint team when Cavendish left for Dimension Data. Instead, they discovered Gaviria last year in Argentina after he surprised the cycling world by darting ahead of Cavendish in the Tour de San Luis sprint.

Ewan saw him the first time the 2014 Tour de l Avenir, one of the top amateur stage races. He won the second stage ahead of his Colombian rival in eighth.

This is the first time I ve really raced him properly, Ewan said of Tirreno-Adriatico8. Obviously, he s super quick. He s got a great team around him, as well. Obviously, thanks to Cavendish, Etixx-Quick Step has a good lead-out. He has some experience guys around him.

It s going to be his first full year as a professional and he s going to do the Olympics, as well. Maybe you won t see him and I go up against each other much more this year, but definitely in the future, you ll see battles between us.

Gaviria won the omnium gold9 in London last week at the world championships when Cavendish placed sixth.

He said he only trained four days for it on the track and that Cavendish may have paid today for the extra effort he put in on the track. He is aiming for the gold medial in Rio de Janeiro this August. Besides that, he wants to dominate the sprints.

The future of sprinting? I don t know, Gaviria said. We are in 2016, everyone has his moment.

I only like to think of the current moment, not the future.


  1. ^ Etixx Quick-Step (
  2. ^ Orica-GreenEdge (
  3. ^ Dimension Data (
  4. ^ a Vuelta a Espa a stage winner (
  5. ^ Tirreno-Adriatico s current overall leader (
  6. ^ Adam Yates (
  7. ^ Marcel Kittel (
  8. ^ Tirreno-Adriatico (
  9. ^ Gaviria won the omnium gold (

Lampre-Merida eyeing up talent at esteemed British junior team

VCUK’s alumni includes Adam and Simon Yates, as well as Hugh Carthy

Lampre-Merida Eyeing Up Talent At Esteemed British Junior Team

Thomas Pidcock, National Trophy cyclo-cross 2015, Bradford

Italian WorldTour team Lampre-Merida1 are looking to cherry pick the best of emerging British racing talent thanks to strengthened links with established junior team VCUK. The northwest team, which has kickstarted the careers of current professionals Adam and Simon Yates, Hugh Carthy and Richard Handley, shares a clothing sponsor with Lampre: Champion System. The two teams have a working partnership that is now in its third year, with Lampre pursuing the best of young British talent.

If we have a rider who is good enough, we can basically pick up the phone and speak to Mauro Gianetti of Lampre and say you need to get this kid tested, team director Wayne Greenhalgh told Cycling Weekly

>>> Vincenzo Nibali to Lampre? Italian team join race to sign three-time Grand Tour winner2

There was an offer on the table from them for the Yates brothers before they went to Orica-GreenEdge3.

Because of what we told them about Simon and Adam, they actually ask us if we have any riders coming through who they should watch.

Which one of the brothers knows each other better?

Now Hugh s racing at a good level (UCI Pro-Continental team Caja Rural), they trust us even more.

>>> Promising Brit Hugh Carthy aiming for Vuelta a Espa a start in 20164

The current group of six riders are as good as we ve ever had , says Greenhalgh, who has tipped Robert Scott as a star for the future . Scott was second in the Junior National Road Race Championships last year and a stage winner at the Junior Tour of Wales. First year juniors and best friends Tom Pidcock and Harry Hardcastle won a plethora of youth and local races in 2015, and Pidcock came fifth in the junior Cyclo-Cross World Championships in Zolder, Belgium, in January. Scottish rider Tom Chandler, time trialist specialist Adam Hartley and Harry Paine make up the remainder of the team.


  1. ^ Lampre-Merida (
  2. ^ >>> Vincenzo Nibali to Lampre?

    Italian team join race to sign three-time Grand Tour winner (

  3. ^ Orica-GreenEdge (
  4. ^ >>> Promising Brit Hugh Carthy aiming for Vuelta a Espa a start in 2016 (

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