Race report

Sprinters shine in Geelong

Cadel Road Race

The action in Australia concluded at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race today with a 163 kilometre loop in and out of Geelong. The early stages of the race were animated by a three-man break, but the group were brought back after a counter attack made it’s way up to the front on the finishing circuits.

With the final two ascents up Challambra crescent, the fireworks were ignited but despite action at the front, the biggest peloton that the race has ever seen entered the last lap with a new one-rider counter attack leading the race with a minute’s advantage.

 

Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts gave more detail: “The race was quite defensive this year and a lot of teams had a sprinter they were trying to carry to the finish line which meant that the race wasn’t so active over the first couple of times up Challambra Crescent.”

 

The solo attackers reign came to an end on the last time up Challambra and riders immediately put the hammer down in attempt to shake off the sprinters.

Luke continued: “We had two cards to play with Chris should it get really hard and hopefully Cees if it was a bigger group. On the last time up the climb the pace was really tough and unfortunately Cees just didn’t quite make it onto the back of that group, but he was close.”

Chris Hamilton and Jai Hindley were still there for Team Sunweb in the climbers group, but despite a gap opening up, the pace wasn’t hard enough to get rid of the sprinters and a regrouping came before the final climb.

“The boys did a really good job with looking after me today,” said Chris. It didn’t end up quite how we wanted it to be, we were hoping for a smaller bunch but the wind made it hard for that.”

It wasn’t to be a day for Team Sunweb to be there in the top sprint placings, with Chris Hamilton the team’s top finisher in 16th place.

Chris concluded: “I was hoping to be higher up in the sprint but I’m still learning how to position in a bunch final. I’m happy with my performance and the entire trip we’ve had in Australia.”

Max Kanter abandoned during the race to take more time to recover from light muscular complaints.

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 VIVIANI Elia Deceuninck - Quick Step 3:54:35 300
2 EWAN Caleb Lotto Soudal ,, 250
3 IMPEY Daryl Mitchelton-Scott ,, 215
16 HAMILTON Chris Team Sunweb ,, 20
28 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb ,, 12
46 BOL Cees Team Sunweb 1:04 5
55 STORER Michael Team Sunweb 1:13 2
87 WALSCHEID Max Team Sunweb 6:27 -
92 FRÖHLINGER Johannes Team Sunweb 8:25 -
DNF KANTER Max Team Sunweb - -