Caleb Ewan was 17 when he upstaged elite sprinters at an Australian criterium series and earned instant comparison to cycling’s then notorious fast-man Mark Cavendish. He became an overnight sensation in local circles following a stage win in Williamstown, Victoria, where he uncannily resembled Cavendish blazing to the finish line.

Cycling isn’t mainstream in Australia, but the annual January crits are a popular early season warm-up for domestic and WorldTour professionals and so generate solid media coverage. After Ewan’s win, journalists were whipped into a frenzy to get the best quotes from cycling aficionados and make the headline comparison. “You had Allan Davis being led out by Leigh Howard, so you come into the last corner at Williamstown with Howard full-on into that last corner, and third round the corner is Caleb. He just stepped off

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