Facing the peloton at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race today was a tricky 171 kilometre long route, which saw the bunch tackle four ascents of the short but steep Challambra climb. Often the critical point in the race, it would once again shape the outcome of the day.
Despite some early action in the crosswinds, the bunch was all together as it entered the finish circuit with around 60 kilometres to go, trailing the breakaway duo by one minute. Some probing attempts on the opening ascent of Challambra caused some splits in the peloton with Jai Hindley and Michael Storer active at the front, but proceedings once again regrouped.
More attacks came but it was the penultimate ascent of the climb that saw the decisive move made, when a gap opened up in the peloton and a strong group of riders broke clear. With the pace high in the front group they took the bell with a 25 second advantage over the bunch and increased their lead on the last lap, fighting it out for race honours at the line.
Hindley and Robert Power were first home for the team, finishing in what was left of the peloton, 50 seconds down on race winner Devenyns.
|1||DEVENYNS Dries||Deceuninck - Quick Step||4:05:49||300|
|2||SIVAKOV Pavel||Team INEOS||,,||250|
|26||POWER Robert||Team Sunweb||0:50||12|
|34||HINDLEY Jai||Team Sunweb||,,||5|
|44||KANTER Max||Team Sunweb||1:37||5|
|56||STORER Michael||Team Sunweb||3:10||1|
|58||STORK Florian||Team Sunweb||3:20||1|
|DNF||KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjørn||Team Sunweb||-||-|
|DNF||DAINESE Alberto||Team Sunweb||,,||-|