LOTTO NAMES CALEB EWAN AS TOUR DE FRANCE LEADER

The Aussie sprinter will be joined by Gilbert and De Gendt

Australian Caleb Ewan was on Friday unveiled as the “absolute leader” of the Lotto cycling team for the Tour de France in which the Belgian outfit is targeting up to seven stage wins.

“We have selected the strongest team possible,” said Lotto-Soudal general manager John Lelangue. “Seven of our eight riders have finished the Dauphine or Baloise Belgium Tour in top shape. “It is clear that Caleb Ewan is our absolute and rightful leader. I think there are six to seven stages where the sprinters can battle for the stage win.”

Aside from Ewan, other riders for the June 26-July 18 Tour include the Belgian trio of Jasper De Buyst, Tosh Van der Sande and Harry Sweeny, Germany’s Roger Kluge, and three non-sprinter Belgian stage hunters in Philippe Gilbert, Thomas De Gendt and Brent Van Moer.

Ewan, 26, has five Tour stage victories to his name, in the 2019 and 2020 editions, while Gilbert and De Gendt also both have stage wins to their names.

LOTTO SOUDAL 2021 TOUR DE FRANCE TEAM

Caleb Ewab

Jasper De Buyst

Tosh Van der Sande

Harry Sweeny

Roger Kluge

Philippe Gilbert

Thomas De Gendt

Brent Van Moer

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Caleb Ewan (AUS – Lotto Soudal)

RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini

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