Nizzolo and Viviani have both already been on the Giro d’Italia sprinters podium in identical order on stage 2 behind Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix), but three days later Ewan edged the two Italians to win the fourth Giro. Italy stage victory of his career. Ewan has also won five stages of the Tour de France.“The first of a Grand Tour is always the hardest to get so hopefully there will be a lot more to come,” the 26-year-old told reporters.
However, Ewan is on the hunt for stage wins in all three Grand Tours and he also gave strong hints later that he could leave the Giro halfway to start building for July.
“For me, it’s still too early to get out of the Giro, I’ll see what I feel around stage 10 or 11,” said Ewan. “We will monitor the situation and then I want to prepare for the Tour de France, but I will definitely be there tomorrow. [Thursday]. »
In another interview, he also ruled out wearing the points jersey, which again suggested he was likely to leave the Giro early, a line he already took in 2019 immediately after winning. the 11th stage, as well as in 2017 and 2016..
Ewan said he didn’t see any of the crashes during the stage, which saw Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious) and Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers) drop out of the race and Joe Dombrowski (UAE Team Emirates) lose a lot of time .
“The first half of the stage was easy, stress free, then there were cross winds and the final was quite dangerous,” he said.
“I think we did a good job of getting out of trouble. It’s always pretty tricky for a big group on roads like these, but you can’t end up in the middle of nowhere either.
“The sprint to the last corner was easy, but the previous 20 kilometers were pretty technical and we had to stay ahead because I didn’t want to be caught up in the acceleration. The team did a great job of keeping me there and they did a great job putting me in this position, ”he added.
Ewan said he focuses so much on his sprint at the end of a race that he can’t remember all of the details of the wins themselves. He said he never remembered “any place I won or what city it is.” To be honest, I don’t even know where I am now.
Perhaps the most awkward moment of Ewan’s smooth and highly focused path to victory came when he and Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) briefly entangled near the barriers just before the start of the sprint, with Merlier suffering from a lost chain.
Ewan said he didn’t think the two actually collided, but the two were pressed against each other when a runner started to lose positions, and Merlier, in any case, did not blame the Australian afterwards for fighting for his sprint.
“It was a very technical final so it was very important to be in the right place, and I picked Tim’s wheel because he showed the other day [on stage 2] that he was the fastest.
“I was a bit locked up, but I saw an opening on the left and sank through it so I could go.
Ewan didn’t think the two had actually made physical contact, although he said he would need to watch the video of the arrival to verify. “We both had to move towards the barrier when a rider came back into the peloton, but I don’t think we touched,” he added.
Following Merlier’s mechanics, Ewan jumped through Viviani’s rear wheel, then passed both rider Cofidis and Nizzolo for his first win since the UAE Tour at the end of February.
Ewan’s next opportunity will likely be in Termoli, in two days, which would put the 26-year-old in double for the Grand Tour stage wins. But whatever happens, the 2021 Giro d’Italia in Ewan is already on the right track.