Hot property Caleb Ewan is a sucker for a stadium atmosphere and says he can’t wait to make his Six Day debut at Phynova Six Day London next month.
Weeks after soaring to victory down the Champs-Elysees, his third stage win of the 2019 Tour De France, Ewan will line up in a loaded field at the London 2012 Olympic venue from October 22-27.
The 25-year-old last appeared on the track at the 2013 Australian National Track Championships and feels the unique Six Day atmosphere is the perfect place to get back on the boards.
“Six Day is something I’ve heard a lot about but never actually done so I’m excited to compete in London,” said Ewan.
“From what I’ve been told It’s a bit of a party atmosphere and there’s always a good vibe in the London velodrome.
“I’m looking forward to racing in front of a big crowd in a small space. That’s something as bike riders we don’t tend to get to do so much.
“I can’t wait to experience the stadium atmosphere that Six Day brings.”
The Lotto-Soudal sprinter has seven Grand Tour stage wins to his name, including the second stage of this year’s Giro D’Italia before withdrawing to prepare for Le Tour.
This year Ewan collected five stage podiums in the first 15 stages, the first Tour De France debutant to do so since Peter Sagan in 2012.
When he pipped Elia Viviani, also in the field for Six Day London, to victory in Nimes he became the first rider under the age of 26 to win stages at each Grand Tour since Mark Cavendish.
With Cavendish and Viviani also at the head of Six Day’s most illustrious line-up yet, Ewan knows his lack of recent track experience means he’ll have to box clever next month.
“I go up against Mark and Elia on the road during the season, but it’s going to be a unique experience going up against them on the track,” he said.
“Those guys are a lot more experienced on the track than I am. I’m probably the underdog when I’m up against them, so I’m just hoping I can be competitive against them.
“I think if I’m going to get any edge, I’ll have to watch some videos of how they race on the track. On the track it’s a little bit easier to analyse than on the road.
“I’m going to have to do my research and hopefully I can get an edge on them.”
Ewan is no stranger to London – although his European base is in Monaco, he has close family and friends in the city and often visits.
Having competed at the Tour of Britain on a number of occasions, finishing in the capital, the Australian already has a flavour of what to expect from the British crowd.
“The British crowd’s been great,” he said.
“Usually there’s quite a big rivalry between the UK and Australia, but the crowd can be quite warm to an Australian rider.
“I’ve raced twice in London and right in the middle of the city is one of the best atmospheres I’ve ever been in. It’s such an enthusiastic crowd and I love racing in the UK.”
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