Australian legend Robbie McEwen has warned Caleb Ewan about his self-confessed stuff up at the Tour Down Under. The Mitchelton-Scott team setup Ewan very well at the end of the third stage of the Tour Down Under but the new star rider hesitated with the finish line in sight.

Italian EliaViviani moved past him on the Victor Harbor foreshore to win the stage while Ewan finished in third place behind German Phil Bauhaus. Ewan retained the overall lead for the first time, largely due to his win at Stirling a day before. However it was obvious that the slip was a major blunder at the Adelaide Tour.

Ewan who is expected to tow the path of McEwen is the best sprinter from Australia but the recent gaffe shows he still has a lot to learn. McEwan said Ewan “snatched defeat from the jaws of victory” with the blunder. He said Ewan must never make such a mistake again.

The heat wave played its part as a community ride was cancelled and the stage four – from Suburban Norwood through Adelaide Hills to Uraidla – will start an hour ahead of schedule. In fact with the forecast of 40 plus temperature, the Challenge Tour ride set for Friday has been cancelled.

Ewan will be using McEwen as his yardstick at the anticipated Tour de France in July. McEwen won 12 Tour stages, winning the Green Jersey classification thrice.

When asked about the Thursday stuff up, Ewan accepted full responsibility. He said he was trying to get his timing right so he didn’t want to go too early. Viviani’s win means all the top sprinters at the Tour have wins; Peter Sagan won on Sunday in the classic, Andre Greipel in the first stage, Ewan and then Viviani on Thursday.