It's one thing climbing your way to the top, but it's even harder to stay there.
That's why Australian cycling legend Robbie McEwen believes consolidation is crucial to heir apparent Caleb Ewan taking over as the nation's next great road sprinter.
After his breakout 2019 season, Ewan opens the new campaign at the January 21-26 Tour Down Under and has a tough ask to match his Grand Tour bounty of last year.
The diminutive 25-year-old delivered three stage wins in an outstanding Tour de France debut after claiming two in the Giro d'Italia.
It was a huge haul in his first season with Belgian outfit Lotto-Soudal after making a high-profile switch from Australian World Tour team Mitchelton-Scott.
McEwen, who won a dozen Tour de France stages and three green jerseys, is desperate to see Ewan continue competing for top honours.
"You don't start thinking now it's time to get better because three stage wins in the Tour de France is pretty phenomenal," McEwen said.
"The aim has got to be to maintain that level and show that consistent form season after season.
"I'm sure he'd like to make a good start at Tour Down Under and kick his season off."
Ewan has banked seven Tour Down Under stage wins but was unable to add to the tally last year.
He crossed the line first on stage five but was handed a time penalty for an "irregular final sprint" that saw him stripped of the win.
Ewan returns to Adelaide with the Lotto-Soudal team again built around him and will start fresh after opting to skip the Bay Crits and national road championships earlier this month.
"I always expect Caleb to come out going pretty well at Tour Down Under but I'm not expecting him at absolute (peak) form because he hasn't raced yet this season," McEwen said.
Ewan is expected to battle with Italian gun Elia Viviani (Cofidis Solutions Credits) and Ireland's Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quickstep) for the Tour sprinter's jersey.
The Australian won it in 2017.
Andre Greipel is also a chance despite having not claimed Tour sprint honours in a decade.
The German veteran did so when he also won the general classification in 2008 and 2010.
"He had a poor season last year by his own standards and he's the old man of the field now, but I won't write him off," McEwen said.
"He's got a great history at Tour Down Under and I'm looking forward to seeing those four battle it out."
McEwen, a record three-time winner of the Tour Down Under sprinter's jersey, will provide expert comments for the Seven Network during this year's broadcast.
Australian Associated Press