Schoten, Belgium, 14 Oct (Prensa Latina) Australian cyclist Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) won today the Escalda Grand Prix, disputed with start and finish in this locality over 173.3 kilometers.
Ewan, 26 years old, attacked 200 meters from the finish line to easily overcome his rivals and win the 108th edition of the Belgian race, with a time of 3:34.40, followed by the German Pascal Ackermann (Bora Hansgrohe) and the Italian Niccolo Bonifazio (Direct Energie).
The Sydney-born cyclist has won six times this season, with a highlight being the two partial successes achieved in the last Tour de France.
According to the Australian, he came to Belgium very motivated to compete in the traditional race because he runs for a team from that European country.
In addition, he thanked the work of his team to go in the front of the Grand Prix and avoid any problem with the falls.
This race is like a sprinter’s world championship and I am very happy to have won it, he said.
Dutchman Yoeri Havik (Vlasman) led a solo attack, but eight kilometers from the finish line the pack neutralized him and ended his adventure.
Already in the final stretch of the stage, the cyclists of the Belgian team Deceuninck squeezed the rhythm to place Sam Bennett, but the Irish champion could not stop the Australian, who once stopped any attempt to move him.
Classification of the 108th edition of the Gran Premio Escalda:
1-Caleb Ewan (AUS/Lotto-Soudal) 3:34.38 hours
2-Niccolo Bonifazio (ITA/Total-Director Energie) m.t.
3-Bryan Coquard (FRA/B&B-Vital Concept) m.t.
4-Tim Merlier (BEL/Alpecin-Fenix) m.t.
5-Jasper Philipsen (BEL/UAE Emirates) m.t.
6-Amaury Capiot (BEL/Sport Vlaanderen) m.t.
7-Arvid de Kleijn (NED/Riwal-Securitas) m.t.
8-Sam Bennett (IRL/Deceuninck-Quick Step) m.t.
9-Itamar Einhorn (ISR/Israel Start-Up Nation) m.t.
10-Romain Cardis (FRA/Total-Direct Energie) m.t.
(Taken from PL)