“After I quit the Giro I quit the bike for a few days but have resumed training now and everything seems to be going in the right direction,” Ewan said in a team statement.The 26-year-old was never considered likely to roll all the way to Milan, given he was also heading to the Tour de France, potentially even for a tilt in the green jersey, but his abandonment halfway through of step 8 was earlier than expected. It’s a move that drew criticism, although the runner said he was more disappointed than anyone that he had to leave and clarified that the reason for his withdrawal was knee pain.
“I just hope I didn’t lose my form too much because I really needed more running pace,” said Ewan. “That’s why I was so disappointed to retire from the Giro with the ‘maglia ciclamino’ on my shoulders. The plan was to keep going for at least another week and try to reward the team with a third stage victory.
Now that his knee is recovering and the team expect him to be able to line up for the Tour de France as planned, the rider – who has achieved 11 Grand Tour stage wins in his career until ‘now – will seek to find that race pace. in Belgium instead.
“The Baloise Belgium Tour is definitely a good race, as a preparation for the Tour,” said John Lelangue, Managing Director of Lotto Soudal. “In 2019, Caleb prepared for the Tour de France through a similar preparation, the ZLM Tour being now the Baloise Belgium Tour. “
Lelangue said he and Ewan were both optimistic about the next step in his plan to win a stage on every Grand Tour this year with the Tour de France, which kicks off on June 26 in Brest, offering a number of opportunities. to sprinters.
“If that all falls into place, there should be about seven sprint opportunities where Caleb can aim for one or more stage wins. “