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2023 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (World Tour), Australia, 7th Edition

Women's race: Saturday, January 28, 2023
Men's race: Sunday, January 29, 2023

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Geelong - Geelong, 176 km

Marius Mayrhofer is first across the line.

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Weather at the start/finish city of Geelong at 1:20 PM, local time: 18C (65F), cloudy, with the wind from the south at 19 km/hr (12 mph). There is just a 4% chance of rain.

The race: Here's the race organizer's report.

Emotions ran high after Marius Mayrhofer claimed his maiden WorldTour win in Sunday’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.

After 176 km in wet and gusty conditions, it was Mayrhofer who prevailed in the elite men’s road race in a hectic bunch sprint marred by a three-rider spill just 200 metres from the line.

The 22-year-old, from Team DSM, managed to dodge any friendly fire and outlasted Hugo Page (Intermarché Circus Wanty) and Australia’s Simon Clarke (Israel-Premier Tech) at the finish.

Then came the tears as he let his emotions fly.

“It feels great,” Mayrhofer said following the win which was watched on by family in the crowd. “Straight after the finish, I was completely done emotionally, and I couldn’t believe it. Now I’m fine again and happy to take the win.

“I’m still full of adrenaline and happiness. This evening, I’ll feel my legs a bit. The climb is pretty tough, especially for a sprinter. I had to dig deep a few times, but I felt good today.”

It could have been a dirty day for Mayrhofer after he was involved in a crash at the base of the Wandana Heights climb. Luckily, there was no damage done.

Page’s runner-up finish topped off an impressive effort from Intermarché Circus Wanty, with Taco van der Hoorn making his solo early break stick until the last 40 kilometres of the race.

The Dutch cyclist braved the unfavourable Surf Coast conditions alone throughout the afternoon and was rewarded with both the Mapei Sprint and Visit Victoria King of the Mountain jerseys.

During the final tough ascent up the Challambra Crescent, one last attack was made by Page’s teammate Sven Erik Bystrøm but to no avail, after a reduced peloton caught him 350 metres out from the line.

Australia’s Lucas Plapp (Ineos Grenadiers) was the first to go in the bunch sprint with the finish in sight, before a dramatic crash involving Dries Devenyns, Dorian Godon and Ethan Hayter split the group.

Australian sprinting superstars Michael Matthews (Jayco AlUla) and Caleb Ewan (Australian National Team) managed to dodge the spill and were right in the mix, but were unable to make ground on the winner to finish fourth and sixth respectively.

Complete results:

176 kilometers raced at an average speed of 41.382 km/hr

1 Marius Mayrhofer Team DSM 4hr 15min 11sec
2 Hugo Page Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
3 Simon Clarke Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
4 Michael Matthews Jayco-AlUla s.t.
5 Corbin Strong Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
6 Caleb Ewan Australian National Team s.t.
7 Dion Smith Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
8 Marc Hirschi UAE Team Emirates s.t.
9 George Bennett UAE Team Emirates s.t.
10 Sean Quinn EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
11 Kevin Ledanois Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
12 Aaron Gate Bolton Equities Black Spoke s.t.
13 Natnael Tesfazion Trek-Segafredo s.t.
14 Mauro Schmid Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
15 Lucas Plapp INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
16 Antonio Tiberi Trek-Segafredo s.t.
17 Mikkel Honore EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
18 Maximilian Schachmann Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
19 Tony Gallopin Trek-Segafredo s.t.
20 James Fouche Bolton Equities Black Spoke s.t.
21 Kelland O'Brien Jayco-AlUla s.t.
22 Marco Haller Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
23 Elie Gesbert Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
24 Erik Bystrøm Sven Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
25 Damien Touzé Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
26 Daryl Impey Israel-Premier Tech @ 6sec
27 Paul Lapeira Ag2r-Citroën 0:8
28 Jay Vine UAE Team Emirates s.t.
29 James Oram Bolton Equities Black Spoke s.t.
30 Matthew Dinham Team DSM s.t.
31 Alberto Bettiol EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
32 Jai Hindley Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
33 Sebastian Berwick Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
34 Jens Keukeleire EF Education-EasyPost 0:18
35 Nans Peters Ag2r-Citroën 1:09
36 Lucas Hamilton Jayco-AlUla 1:11
37 Finn Fisher-Black UAE Team Emirates s.t.
38 Jannik Steimle Soudal Quick-Step 1:29
39 Michael Schär Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
40 Filippo Baroncini Trek-Segafredo s.t.
41 Jordi Meeus Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
42 Alessandro Covi UAE Team Emirates s.t.
43 Logan Currie Bolton Equities Black Spoke s.t.
44 Stan Van Tricht Soudal Quick-Step 1:45
45 Alex Baudin Ag2r-Citroën 1:46
46 Ben O'Connor Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
47 Simon Yates Jayco-AlUla 2:03
48 Liam Walsh Australian National Team 2:17
49 Sjoerd Bax UAE Team Emirates s.t.
50 Elliot Schultz Australian National Team s.t.
51 Chris Hamilton Team DSM 3:12
52 Dorian Godon Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
53 Giovanni Aleotti Bora-hansgrohe 3:22
54 Alessandro Verre Arkéa-Samsic 3:39
55 Lukasz Owsian Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
56 Jonas Rutsch EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
57 Ben Swift INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
58 Martijn Tusveld Team DSM s.t.
59 Romain Combaud Team DSM s.t.
60 Hugo Hofstetter Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
61 James Knox Soudal Quick-Step 3:44
62 Derek Gee Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
63 Jarrad Drizners Australian National Team s.t.
64 Kane Richards Australian National Team s.t.
65 Leo Hayter INEOS Grenadiers 3:50
66 Mathis Le Berre Arkéa-Samsic 4:48
67 Emils Liepins Trek-Segafredo 6:14
68 Tom Sexton Bolton Equities Black Spoke s.t.
69 Declan Trezise Australian National Team 6:20
70 Ewen Costiou Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
71 Kim Heiduk INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
72 Luke Durbridge Jayco-AlUla s.t.
73 Michael Hepburn Jayco-AlUla s.t.
74 Boy Van Poppel Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
75 Zac Marriage Australian National Team s.t.
76 Julius Johansen Intermarché-Circus-Wanty 8:31
77 Tim Naberman Team DSM s.t.
78 Luke Mudgway Bolton Equities Black Spoke s.t.
79 Taco Van Der Hoorn Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
80 Taj Jones Israel-Premier Tech 12:40
81 Gerben Thijssen Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
82 Ethan Hayter INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
83 Dries Devenyns Soudal Quick-Step 12:04


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Women's Race: Saturday, January 28, 2023 - Geelong - Geelong, 143 km

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Loes Adegeest

Loes Adegeest beats Amanda Spratt for the win. FDJ-Suez photo

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Weather at the start/finish city of Geelong at 1:30 PM, local time: 32C (89F), mostly cloudy, with the wnd from the southwest at 18 km/hr (11 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Here's the race organizer's report.

A new star has emerged from Team FDJ-Suez and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race after Loes Adegeest claimed the honours in the 2023 Deakin University Elite Women’s Road Race.

An E-Sports world champion, Adegeest’s jump from Zwift to the roads has paid dividends with the newly-signed FDJ-Suez rider claiming her first UCI WorldTour win on the circuit.

Adegeest edged out Australia’s Amanda Spratt (Trek-Segafredo) in a thrilling two-rider sprint to collect her first WorldTour win and the seventh edition of the women’s elite race on Saturday.

Riding for her FDJ-Suez teammate Grace Brown, Adgeest took control of the race as her teammate faded.

The deciding attack didn’t come until the final of two Challambra climbs on the 140.8 km circuit when the pair broke away. Adegeest never showed her hand in the closing kilometres, with Spratt doing most of the work in the run in to ensure they stayed away from the chase group.

Spratt didn’t have the legs to contest for the win and Adegeest capitalised, sprinting away to edge out her opponent in the last 200m to take the victory.

“I felt I could follow Spratt and I was actually the only one that could really follow Spratt… I knew after the first climb it could be my day,” Adegeest said. “I had thought the sprint through, and I knew there were headwinds so I had to start late… late, but not too late! I knew I had to come from the wheel, so I forced Spratt to the front and the gap for big enough to play poker a little bit. I tried that and it worked out.”

The 26-year-old’s impressive performances on the Challambra ascents also netted her the Visit Victoria Queen of the Mountain jersey.

“It has to sink in still a bit. It’s really good to start a season like this. To finish like this – it’s amazing,” she added.

Nina Buijsman (Human Powered Health) finished third, four seconds behind the leading pair, to round out the podium.

Cadel Evans Race podium

The podium, from left: Amanda Spratt (2nd), Loes Adegeest (1st) & Nina Buijsman (3rd). Cadel Evans Road Race photo

Spratt was awarded the pink jersey, becoming the WorldTour leader at the concluding race of the summer of cycling in Australia.

Georgia Howe (Team Jayco AlUla) was the pick of the sprinters while Josie Nelson (Team Coop-Hitech Products) won the Gerry Ryan Award Young Rider Classification.

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Complete Results:

143 kilometers raced at an average speed of 36.858 km/hr

1 Loes Adegeest FDJ-Suez 3hr 52min 47sec
2 Amanda Spratt Trek-Segafredo s.t.
3 Nina Buijsman Human Powered Health @ 4sec
4 Josie Nelson Coop-Hitec s.t.
5 Danielle De Francesco Zaaf Cycling Team s.t.
6 Henrietta Christie Human Powered Health s.t.
7 Ruby Roseman-Gannon Jayco-AlUla s.t.
8 Georgia Williams EF Education-TIBCO-SVB s.t.
9 Krista Doebel-Hickok EF Education-TIBCO-SVB s.t.
10 Simone Boilard St Michel-Mavic-Auber 93 s.t.
11 Brodie Chapman Trek-Segafredo s.t.
12 Claire Steels Israel-Premier Tech Roland s.t.
13 Rachel Neylan Australian National Team s.t.
14 Nikola Noskova Zaaf Cycling Team s.t.
15 Dilyxine Miermont St Michel-Mavic-Auber 93 s.t.
16 Justine Barrow Australian National Team s.t.
17 Alexandra Manly Jayco-AlUla 0:07
18 Amber Pate Jayco-AlUla 0:28
19 Daria Pikulik Human Powered Health 0:54
20 Georgie Howe Jayco-AlUla s.t.
21 Grace Brown FDJ-Suez s.t.
22 Lauren Stephens EF Education-TIBCO-SVB s.t.
23 Hole Mohr Mari Coop-Hitec 1:25
24 Mia Hayden Team Bridgelane 1:41
25 Lauretta Hanson Trek-Segafredo 1:46
26 Victorie Guilman FDJ-Suez s.t.
27 Michaela Drummond Zaaf Cycling Team s.t.
28 That Nguyen Thi Israel-Premier Tech Roland s.t.
29 Chloe Hosking Australian National Team 2:21
30 Maggie Coles-Lyster Zaaf Cycling Team s.t.
31 Georgia Danford Coop-Hitec s.t.
32 Eugénie Duval FDJ-Suez s.t.
33 Sylvie Swinkels Coop-Hitec s.t.
34 Emily Watts Team Bridgelane s.t.
35 Isabelle Carnes ARA-Skip Capital s.t.
36 Matilda Raynolds Australian National Team s.t.
37 Lillee Pollock Team Bridgelane 5:25
38 Kaia Schmid Human Powered Health s.t.
39 Sophie Edwards ARA-Skip Capital s.t.
40 Antri Christoforou Human Powered Health s.t.
41 Tiril Jørgensen Coop-Hitec s.t.
42 Rachael Wales ARA-Skip Capital s.t.
43 Caroline Baur Israel-Premier Tech Roland s.t.
44 Camille Fahy St Michel-Mavic-Auber 93 s.t.
45 Roxane Fournier St Michel-Mavic-Auber 93 5:28
46 Coralie Demay St Michel-Mavic-Auber 93 s.t.
47 Sandrine Bideau St Michel-Mavic-Auber 93 s.t.
48 Mia Griffin Israel-Premier Tech Roland 8:15
49 Gina Ricardo Team Bridgelane s.t.
50 Debora Silvestri Zaaf Cycling Team s.t.
51 Elena Pirrone Israel-Premier Tech Roland s.t.
52 Keely Bennett Team Bridgelane s.t.
53 Jessica Allen Jayco-AlUla s.t.
54 Jessica Pratt Team Bridgelane 10:45
55 Lisa Klein Trek-Segafredo 12:29
56 Ilaria Sanguineti Trek-Segafredo s.t.
57 Kerry Jonker Coop-Hitec s.t.
58 Haylee Fuller Australian National Team s.t.
59 Tayler Wiles Trek-Segafredo s.t.
60 Clara Copponi FDJ-Suez s.t.
61 Chloe Moran ARA-Skip Capital s.t.
62 Lucinda Stewart ARA-Skip Capital s.t.
63 Gladys Verhulst FDJ-Suez s.t.

Women's race course map:

Cadel Evans women's road race map