Cycling sprint star and NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) athlete Caleb Ewan is selected to represent Australia at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. He rides for UCI WorldTeam Lotto–Soudal.
Caleb is a winner of five individual stages in the Tour de France and is aptly nicknamed “Pocket Rocket”. He is an explosive sprinter and heads to his second Commonwealth Games in Birmingham after debuting in Glasgow in 2014.
Caleb Ewan was born in New South Wales to a Korean mother and Australian father and at the age of eight started competitive cycling at the age of ten. In 2010 he became the Junior National Road Race Champion.
In 2013 Caleb started racing for Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy. That year he won the first stage as well as the general classification of the Mitchelton Wines Bay Cycling Classic. He also won the La Côte Picarde instalment of the UCI Nations Cup U23, the Gran Premio Palio del Recioto, and stages in the Tour Alsace, Thüringen Rundfahrt der U23 and the Tour de l’Avenir. At the end of the year he finished fourth in the Men’s under-23 road race at the 2013 UCI Road World Championships.
Caleb signed pre-contract terms with Orica–GreenEDGE in October 2013, joining the World Tour team as a stagiaire in August 2014 and as a professional in October.
In 2016, Caleb participated in the Tour Down Under and won the first and sixth stage in a mass sprint. He also was the victor of Stage 2 of the Herald Sun Tour and won stage seven in the 2017 Giro d’Italia.
In the 2019 Tour Down Under, he headbutted Jasper Philipsen in Stage 5 and was relegated to 83rd place after crossing the finish line first. In July 2019, he participated in the Tour de France, and in Stage 11 he beat Dylan Groenewegen in a tight sprint finish in Toulouse. He won stage 16 in Nîmes, narrowly beating Elia Viviani, as well as the final stage, narrowly beating Groenewegen on the Champs-Élysées.
The 27-year-old recently rode in the Giro d’Italia and will look to star again in his fourth Tour de France, which begins on July 1, before heading to the United Kingdom for the Commonwealth Games.