This video of Orica-GreenEdge's Caleb Ewan perfectly shows his incredible missile-like sprinting technique

His nickname is the Pocket Rocket, thanks to his diminutive stature and powerful sprint, but Caleb Ewan’s technique in the fast finishes gives that name a whole new meaning.

The 21-year-old gets so low and so far forward over his handlebars when sprinting that he actually looks like a missile as he powers towards the line.

Even with 100m to go in the final sprint of the Tour Down Under in Adelaide, Ewan was in full flow – a bike length ahead of his nearest rivals for the stage.

His style is certainly working, having won the Mitchelton Bay criteriums at the start of the season, as well as the Australian crit championships, the People’s Choice Classic and two stages of the Tour Down Under.

The Australian won his first Grand Tour stage at the 2015 Vuelta a España and will undoubtedly be one to look out for at the Giro d’Italia this May.

  • J1

    He may get low and aero blah blah, but let’s see if he can match the big Germans in a flat sprint first. Can’t wait to see the first big sprint stage of the season!

  • TheRedster

    Ewan I think is way more aero than cav

  • Groki

    If he hits a crack in the road it will be spectacular.

  • Rupert the Super Bear

    Agree – particularly since Cav has won 26 of ’em!

  • Rupert the Super Bear

    Caleb – 1m65 61kg (just under 5’5″)
    Cav – 1m75 70kg (just under 5’9″)

    Mind you it has to be said that some smaller riders tend to overstate their height. I’m only 5’4″ by the way – taller than Paolo Bettini, smaller than Cav – have met both, not met Caleb though.

  • dourscot

    Ewan gets further down over the front wheel but the idea is clearly consciously nicked from Cavendish’s unique low-profile technique because Ewan hasn’t always done it.

    As to surpassing Cavendish, that’s a bit premature. He is a massive talent – and a tough with it – but winning 12 TdF stages is about more than talent and technique.

  • dourscot

    Seen them both in the flesh and wouldn’t say Cav and Ewan are much different in size and build to be honest. The similarities are striking – including talent.

  • Ronin

    That is not close to the sprinting form of Mark Cavendish. The only similarity it has is the low frontal profile. Where it differs importantly is that Ewan has almost his entire body weight on the front wheel. Cavendish does not sprint like that, as you can see in this vid.

    As Ewan perfects this technique, gets stronger and stronger with this technique, and learns the craft of sprinting, he could well surpass Cavendish and become the greatist sprinter ever. But, Ewan’s technique is also unstable. I predict he will lose that front wheel now and then and cause some of the greatest crashes in sprint history.

  • Rupert the Super Bear

    Cav is quite a bit bigger than Caleb as it goes. Caleb is more like Steve Joughin physically. But technique wise, you’re spot on.

  • dourscot

    Correction, Ewan looks like The Missile, Cavendish.

    He’s a similar build but this has to be deliberate – he’s learned from the best.