Caleb Ewan wins opening Tour Down under Criterium
ORICA-SCOTT's Caleb Ewan went head-to-head with Peter Sagan as the People's Choice Classic wound up to the finish line at the Santos Tour Down Under.
The little Aussie wasn't worried one bit by the world champion's presence.
In the final sprint Sagan latched onto Ewan's wheel but faded just before the line and his team mate Sam Bennett came 2nd.
Stage 1 starts on Tuesday 17th, a 145 km mountain stage from Adelaide to Lyndoch.
Santos Tour Down Under People's Choice Criterium Results
1 Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) 1:03:41
2 Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) ,,
3 Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) ,,
4 Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain Merida) ,,
5 Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) ,,
6 Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data) ,,
7 Sean De Bie (Lotto Soudal) ,,
8 Baptiste Planckaert (Katusha-Alpecin) ,,
9 Patrick Bevin (Cannondale-Drapac) ,,
10 Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar) ,,