Caleb Ewans wins a stage at Tour de Pologne. (TDWSport.com)

Young professional cycling talent, Caleb Ewan will make his Tour de France debut in 2018 kicking off from Israel with the Mitchelton-Scott team (previously Orica-Scott).

Ewan has featured in three other grand tours, when he turned pro with the Australian team in 2015 and won a stage at the Vuelta a España that year. The 23-year-old sprinter also notched a win in this year’s Giro d’Italia although he did not win any in 2016.

“If there’s any race that you want to do when you’re growing up as an aspiring young cyclist it would be the Tour de France. I’ve been itching to get there ever since I turned professional,” Ewan said.

“I think that next year I will be definitely be ready for it. It will be the fourth Grand Tour that I have started and after getting stage wins at both the Giro and the Vuelta the aim is to keep that going into the Tour and try to get a stage win there.”

When the Australian team started out as GreenEdge in 2012, they were known as a team comprised mainly of stage hunters, with the likes of Michael Matthews and Simon Gerrans chipping in alongside a string of team time trial wins. In the past couple of seasons, however, the team have become more general classification oriented with the emergence of Esteban Chaves and the Yates twins, Adam and Simon.

The first yellow jersey of the 2018 race is likely to go to a sprinter, with a flat stage in the Vendée, and Ewan is set to face fiercer competition than he ever has in a Grand Tour, with Marcel Kittel, Mark Cavendish, Fernando Gaviria, and Andre Greipel all set to lock horns.

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