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Ewan wins Tour of Britain’s sixth stage

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Members of Newmarket Cycling & Trialthon watch on at the start of Stage Six
Members of Newmarket Cycling & Trialthon watch on at the start of Stage Six

Australia’s Caleb Ewan claimed his third victory of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain 2017 on Stage Six this afternoon.

Some of cycling’s biggest names started today’s race in Newmarket at 10.45am, with the route taking them through the likes of Fordham, Mildenhall, Bury St Edmunds and a sprint stage at Ixworth on its way to Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast.

A seven-man breakaway hit the front early on and led for almost 170km.

However, they were swept up in the closing stages with Ewan negotiating the final tight right hand turn to perfection, leaving him the space to storm past Fernando Gaviria and claim the race victory.

“We got information that the final corner was very tight and a little bit off camber as well so we wanted to be in a good position there,” he said.

“I was pretty much in a perfect position exactly where I wanted to be then one of the Quick-Step guys went through the corner and took a really bad line, he unclipped and pushed my lead out man Luka out and I lost him through the corner.

“I decided I’d just go for it there and it was a little bit longer sprint than I hoped for, but luckily it paid off.

“I came here with this as a target race for the back of the season for me and training’s been going well.

“I did want to come here in good form so I couldn’t be happier with how it’s started.”

Ewan’s performance could not propel him to the summit of the overall standings, though, as Lars Boom managed to do enough to hold on top spot.

Tomorrow’s penultimate stage is a 185km ride from Hemel Hempstead to Cheltenham.