The incredible sacrifice behind underdog Australian cyclist Caleb Ewan's Tour ...

'It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do': The incredible sacrifice behind Australian cyclist's epic Tour de France victory Cycling legend Caleb Ewan has taken the Stage 11 win by inches Ewan had to leave his premature daughter and his wife in hospital while on tour He also didn't complete the stage as a teammate crashed out in front of him

By Tom Place For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 03:11 BST, 18 July 2019 | Updated: 06:01 BST, 18 July 2019

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Australian cyclist Caleb Ewan has revealed the incredible sacrifice he made to secure an epic victory in the Tour de France.

The 25-year-old won a tight sprint against Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen during the Stage 11 race in Toulouse on Wednesday.

But the win was only possible after his wife let him fly out to France, leaving his baby daughter Lily in hospital after she was born prematurely last month. 

'I have to thank my wife so much for being so supportive,' Ewan said on Fox Sports News.

Australian cycling legend Caleb Ewan (behind) taken his incredible Tour de France victory by inches over Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen (foreground)

Australian cycling legend Caleb Ewan (behind) taken his incredible Tour de France victory by inches over Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen (foreground)

'It was a really tough time leading up to the Tour. My daughter was in hospital for one month leading up to this and it was so hard leaving her because I didn't get to take her home.

'It's probably the hardest thing I've ever had to do; come to a race and leave my daughter in hospital and I'm just so happy that I could repay my new family

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