Three for McEwen, but “not the form of my life”

Sterling work again from Gert Steegmans for Robbie McEwen, who took win number three, and also won a

Sterling work again from Gert Steegmans for Robbie McEwen, who took win number three, and also won a



“Two, four, six, eight, never too late,” sang Tom Robinson in his hit, 2-4-6-8 Motorway, and it’s not too late for Robbie McEwen to complete a quad of victories at this year’s Tour.

“I won stages two, four and six at the Giro, and having won stage two and four here, I told my wife last night that I was going to win today, too,” McEwen said after winning Friday’s stage six between Lisieux and Vitre.

“I don’t often make predictions, but now I need to get another win to get over this supposed obsessive compulsive disorder I have,” the Australian smiled.

He went on to thank Davitamon-Lotto team-mate Gert Steegmans for his powerful lead-out again, describing the Belgian as a TGV. “He went at 400 metres to go, as I’d told him to, and he really went,” McEwen explained. “I really had to jump to get on his wheel, and if I really have to jump, it usually means that no one else can follow.”

That turned out to be the case, but, despite three victories, the 34 year old refused to agree that he was in the form of his life. “I don’t think that I am; I’m not feeling particularly great out on the road, but I am sprinting well,” said McEwen. “I seem to just have the right timing and speed in the sprint, and it seems to be going pretty well.”

Despite his modesty, McEwen detailed the team’s tactics out on the road when sprint rivals Tom Boonen (Quick Step-Innergetic) and Credit Agricole’s Thor Hushovd got into a 17-man group after 60km of the 189km stage. “We chased initially, but as [T-Mobile’s] Patrik Sinkewitz was there, we then pulled the team off the front and gambled that the GC teams – CSC, Saunier Duval and Lampre – would have to chase it, which they did.”


Following his victory, out of site of the TV cameras, McEwen performed what he described as his “Dumb and Dumber victory salute” – sitting up and pumping his arms as though he was running, “which makes it feel like you’re running really fast!” McEwen explained that it was a bet with Levi Leipheimer, “so now he owes me,” he laughed.