We were looking forward to today’s third Tirreno-Adriatico stage, because it would be the first chance for the sprinters in the Italian stage race, and King of the Sprint Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) was taking part. Until he crashed out of the second stage yesterday, that is. DNF Ewan and gone was the chance for a seventh title race. Luckily, we’ll soon see Ewan race again:
So, Milan-Sanremo could be our next title race, although the season’s first Monument is rarely decided in a real mass sprint.
After Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) took the first King of the Sprint title in Australia, then took it to Abu Dhabi, where he first lost and then regained it, he will finally bring it to Europe, by riding Tirreno-Adriatico from 8 to 14 March.
In Italy, he will meet Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) again, who got second behind Ewan three times in the Tour Down Under, and Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data), who won the first stage in the Abu Dhabi Tour, when Ewan crashed. And then there is Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step Floors), who beat Ewan last year in Tirreno-Adriatico.
The first sprint chance will probably be stage 3, from Monterotondo Marittimo to Montalto di Castro.