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McEwen wins finale, overall at Franco Belge

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Oct. 2, 2011
  • Updated Oct. 3, 2011 at 10:45 AM EST

Though he’s nearly 40, Robbie McEwen still can win a race.

On Sunday, the veteran Aussie won the final stage to wrap up the overall title at the Circuit Franco Belge, a race he won back at his peak in 2002.

“This was not expected today,” McEwen said in a RadioShack release. “This was a hard stage with seven climbs of the Col de la Croix de Jubaru. Despite the heat I felt good today and actually felt better and better as the stage went on. I knew that I could take the overall victory by winning the stage and when Veelers or Sutton were not in the top three. And that’s what happened. To be honest, this was an easy sprint for me. I choose the right wheel, that of Sutton and could easily pass him. This proves I’m still there in cycling.”

In Tournai he took his fifth victory of the season for Team RadioShack, but for the 39-year-old rider, the season is not over yet.

“Oh, yes, the season is not over yet,” McEwen said. “I hope I can show the same fast legs in Paris-Tours. That would be nice. I’ve never won that race.”

McEwen will join GreenEdge next season in what while be his swansong year in a long and successful career.

“I will do some Australian races, followed by Qatar or Oman and the Flemish classics. Then it will be over and out,” McEwen concluded.

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