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COLORNO, Italy (VN) — Caleb Ewan stop the Giro d’Italia and will not get started stage 12.

The Lotto Soudal rider introduced ahead of the get started of the race that he would not finish and meant to depart prior to the significant mountains definitely kicked in. Rather, he will now turn his focus to the Tour de France in July.

Thursday’s phase from Parma to Genova was not likely to be a day for Ewan with a sequence of classification 3 climbs, the very last of which is pretty steep. Friday’s phase from San Remo to Cuneo could have been an option for a gain but it is not clear-cut, whilst the higher mountains return for the weekend.

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“Lotto Soudal rider Caleb Ewan will not be at the commence of stage twelve of the Giro, raced involving Parma and Genova,” a assertion from Lotto Soudal explained. “As to begin with prepared, the Australian will depart the Giro in the course of the second 7 days of racing. With loads of mountain phases coming up, alongside one another with the team it was made the decision that Ewan will be heading dwelling.

“Subsequent a brief period of time of relaxation, the sprinter will create up in the direction of his future big goal of the period, the Tour de France, the place he will also be concentrating on victories in the sprint phases.”

Ewan came into the Giro d’Italia as a person of the top rated favorites for dash victories, but the Australian has struggled since the opening days. He crashed in the ultimate meters of stage 1 immediately after clipping Biniam Girmay’s back wheel in the sprint for the line.

Immediately after obtaining himself out of placement in a range of bunch sprints, the closest he arrived to victory was on stage 6 when he was edged out by Arnaud Demare in a picture complete. He was place into trouble on the lumpy stage 10 and concluded previous some 31 minutes at the rear of the initial group., but contested the phase 11 sprint and completed fifth.

Despite Ewan’s struggles, Lotto Soudal has taken a stage earn in this Giro d’Italia with Thomas de Gendt grabbing the victory from a breakaway on phase 8. Breakaways will now be the team’s most important target with no GC riders on the workforce.

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