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.
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.
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.
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.
Max Kanter abandoned during the race to take more time to recover from light muscular complaints.
|1||VIVIANI Elia||Deceuninck - Quick Step||3:54:35|
|2||EWAN Caleb||Lotto Soudal||,,|
|16||HAMILTON Chris||Team Sunweb||,,|
|28||HINDLEY Jai||Team Sunweb||,,|
|46||BOL Cees||Team Sunweb||1:04|
|55||STORER Michael||Team Sunweb||1:13|
|87||WALSCHEID Max||Team Sunweb||6:27|
|92||FRÖHLINGER Johannes||Team Sunweb||8:25|
|DNF||KANTER Max||Team Sunweb||-|