The Tour of Luxembourg remains a tough test for Caleb Ewan. For the second day in a row, he was the last to cross the line.
On Tuesday the deficit was 22 minutes, yesterday he crossed the finish line 39 minutes after winner Marc Hirschi. Loyal lieutenants Roger Kluge and Jasper De Buyst kept their Australian mate company to keep him on course. “Thursday we have to seize our chance. That is the only sprint chance and then we have to be able to step up Caleb again. If we can catch this ride, this round is a success. It can go that fast”, Jasper De Buyst remains optimistic.
“I compare the situation with this year’s Tirreno-Adriatico. Then it didn’t really work out for Caleb and he gave up in the third stage. But a week later, he flies over the Poggio and almost wins Milan-Sanremo. Such a scenario is also possible for the World Cup. Although I also know that these are not such uplifting images at the moment. It will have to get better soon.”
Sports director Marc Wauters also remains calm at the underpowered display of the Australian who is logically last in the standings with one hour behind. “For the second day in a row he is not feeling well, is not sick and does not want to push further”.
Waiting for Caleb Ewan Thursday at the remaining sprint chance in this Luxembourg five-day has better legs.