Caleb Ewan brings home first Lotto Soudal win after lockdown
Faster in Templeuve Ewan than Sam Bennett and Tim Merlier. It is Ewan's fourth win of the season.
On the eve of his first ever Tour de France participation, Lotto Soudal sprinter Caleb Ewan talks about how becoming a father compares to sports, what leading a team means to him and how important mental strength will be to get through the three weeks of racing at the Tour.
Caleb Ewan: “Being the leader of the team means a lot of pressure, especially as I am starting in Belgium within in a Belgian team. Moreover, the first yellow jersey is at stake. Winning a Tour stage is a goal, hope and a dream of mine. Growing up, it definitely was a dream just to be here on the start line but now I have the opportunity to lead the team at the Tour de France and I don’t think that many people can say they led a team in their first Tour. I feel very privileged to be able to do that.”
“Becoming a father is maybe not the most ideal preparation for the Tour de France but as an athlete you need to deal with what happens in your personal life and still be able to perform at the highest level, which is something I hope to prove the coming weeks. It is hard to beat the feeling of winning a race but I think it is still nicer to become a father.”
“Mental strength is and will be very important during the long three weeks of racing. I haven’t completed a Grand Tour yet, this is the first time I really attempt to finish. I hope it will go quite smoothly but over three weeks, there are always going to be ups and downs, crashes and maybe some sickness but that is why your mental strength has to kick in and try to push you the whole way through.”
Watch the entire pre-race interview with Caleb Ewan below.