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Young Australian cycling star re-signs

AAP logoAAP 3/08/2016 Roger Vaughan

Top Australian cycling team Orica-BikeExchange has backed Caleb Ewan to continue his development, re-signing the rising sprint star on a two-year deal.

The new contract for the 22-year-old speedster represents an investment in one-day and stage results for the team.

Orica-BikeExchange have already bolstered their rapidly-improving prospects for overall Grand Tour results by recruiting Roman Kreuziger and Carlos Verona.

Ewan is one of the brightest young talents in Australian cycling.

He won a stage at last year's Vuelta a Espana (Tour of Spain) and two in January at the Tour Down Under.

Re-signing Ewan is also significant because of the ongoing speculation that all-rounder Michael Matthews is about to leave Orica-BikeExchange.

Ewan said he's excited to re-sign and felt he had progressed well in his two seasons with the team.

"I'm definitely getting stronger and I'm thankful for all the help and support the team has given me ... we are really starting to get everything in place for the sprints," he said.

"I want to pay back the trust the team shows me by delivering as well.

"In terms of goals, I'm happy to continue my development, to get even more Grand Tour experience and go up against the big (sprint) names there."

The ultimate goal will be for Ewan to match it consistently with aces such as Mark Cavendish, Andre Greipel and Marcel Kittel in sprint finishes.

"Caleb is still young, but we are well aware that he is ready to take the next steps in his career and we are happy to be part of that," said team director Matt White.

"Time will tell how far he can take his great abilities, but there is certainly no indication that he wont be able to be among the great sprinters in the coming years.

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