Race report

Tough day for Team Sunweb at Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

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.

“It was a windy day but we knew the exact moments that it could potentially be dangerous so we could position our protected guys at the front for them,” explained Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts after the race. “In the end the wind wasn’t dangerous enough to blow the peloton apart completely so it came back together coming into the circuits. At two laps to go on the climb Mitchelton put the hammer down and we just weren’t sharp enough to be there. A group of 19 guys went away and we missed it so the race was over from that moment; it’s a bit disappointing. There are definitely learning points we can take from the race today so we’ll sit down later and discuss how we can take them into the next races.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 DEVENYNS Dries Deceuninck - Quick Step 4:05:49 300
2 SIVAKOV Pavel Team INEOS ,, 250
3 IMPEY Daryl Mitchelton-Scott 0:04 215
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 ,, -