Sport Director Dario Cioni was upbeat about Elia Vivinai's chances of sprint success despite slipping to second overall after stage three of the Tour of Britain.
The result leaves the Italian rider just six seconds adrift of Ewan heading into the halfway point of the Tour of Britain and Cioni believes there will be more suitable stages for the in-form sprinter.
He told TeamSky.com: “We knew of all the sprints this would be the hardest for Elia and we decided to commit 100 per cent to Elia instead of playing the Elia or Kwiato card.
He said: “It’s been pretty tough going and I feel like I’m lacking a bit of the punch for the finals, so I said I’d ride a bit [on the front] today. And get a bit of extra work done.