Aussie star clinches epic tour stage win

YOUNG Aussie rider Caleb Ewan has wasted no time delivering on his incredible potential, beating some of the world's best sprinters to take out stage five of the Tour of Spain.

The 21-year-old, competing in his first Grand Tour for the Australian-owned Orica-GreenEDGE team, outsprinted 10-time Grand Tour stage winner John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) and four-time Tour de France stage winner Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo).

"This is by far the happiest day in my career," Ewan said. "To beat some of the best sprinters in the world, especially guys like Sagan and Degenkolb on an uphill finish, it really means a lot to me. It's an honour to race with those guys and to beat them is just unreal for me."

Orica sport director Neil Stephen said he was thrilled with Ewan's result.

"The performance was unbelievable stuff," Stephens said.

"He is 21 years of age. He dealt with that like a champion and then when he had his one chance, he delivered."

Teammate Estaban Chaves lost the leader's red jersey by one second to Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin).