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2018 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (World Tour), Australia, 4th Edition

Women's race: January 27, 2018
Men's race: January 28, 2018

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race podium history | 2017 edition | 2019 edition | Course map

Mens race | Women's race

Men's Race, Sunday, January 28, 2018 Geelong - Geelong, 174 kilometers

Jay McCarthy

Jay McCarthy is the first Australian to win the Cadel Evans race

The race: Here's the organizer's telling of the day's racing.

Melanoma: It Started with a Freckle

Queenslander Jay McCarthy (BORA – hansgrohe) became the first Australian to win the UCI WorldTour Elite Men’s Race today in extreme conditions. The 25-year-old won the title in 4h04:00 ahead of a first-class line-up including 12 WorldTour teams.

“I’ve been poking my head out of the hotel window all week looking at the finish line thinking about this…it worked perfectly for us,” McCarthy said.

With the help of team mate Daniel Oss, he was able to hold off Italian great Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) who finished second and South African favourite Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT) third.

The hot and humid conditions, which reached 41 degrees out on the 164km course, suited McCarthy. “It’s more humid than normal down here. We get humidity and heat in Queensland and the two together worked well for me.”

McCarthy finished second in the Australian Road Race Championship earlier this month. “I’ve been there about all summer and to finish my last race in Australia before heading back to Europe with this win – I’m speechless.”

Viviani, who also finished second at the event’s Towards Zero Race Melbourne twilight criterium on Thursday, said: “In January my shape is good, but I’m disappointed because this is a great race and a classic I could have won.

“When I saw 500 metres to go I thought it was a challenge, but I chose the right side of [Simon] Gerrans. If the finish line was one metre later I would have won.”

The fourth edition of the race was immediately led by Dutch rider Robbert De Greef (Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij), before a breakaway joined him including: Alexander Porter (KordaMentha Real Estate), Samuel Welsford (KordaMentha Real Estate), Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue Sport) and Pavel Kochetkov (Team Katusha Alpecin).

As they rode through Evans’ home town of Barwon Heads the courageous leaders gained a six-minute advantage and hit speeds of 50km/h. Michael Hepburn and Jack Bauer (Mitchelton-SCOTT) took charged at the front of the peloton after they turned away from the coast down Forest Road.

Kochetkov – the only WorldTour rider in the breakaway – looked strong ahead of the first of four Challambra Climbs and three 16.8km laps of Geelong.

Evans said: “When they hit the final laps you really feel it in the legs. Challambra will make a difference to the final. This year, the finish is 200 metres shorter and a gap that can be gained on the climb can be maintained until the end.”

The breakaway reduced to Kochetkov, Porter and Hansen at the first Challambra Climb and the young Australian rider, Porter, was dropped after taking out the Mapei Sprint Classification.

The peloton caught the leaders with 15km to go while a fall 13.3km from the finish involved Mike Teunissen (Team Sunweb) and August Jensen (Israel Cycling Academy).

The pace quickened as a break of nine riders shot clear in the final city circuit including heavyweights Simon Gerrans (BMC Racing Team), Esteban Chaves and Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT) and Jay McCarthy (BORA – hansgrohe).

It was McCarthy who proved too strong in the sprint to the finish before a massive crowd on the Geelong Waterfront. He took home a handcrafted Flynn Silver trophy and a TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 watch. TAG Heuer’s mindset of Don’t Crack Under Pressure could not be more fitting for the incredible line-up of riders competing today.

Hansen, 25, of Denmark, claimed the Subaru King of the Mountain Jersey, while Belgian Bjorg Lambrecht, 20, (Lotto Soudal) won the inaugural Gerry Ryan Award for best young rider.

The race was the first of 16 one-day classics that form part of the 37 events making up the UCI WorldTour calendar in 2018.

Many of the stars from the weekend will now turn their attention to the Jayco Herald Sun Tour from 1 – 5 February as the Victorian Summer of Cycling continues.

Complete Results:

174 kilometers raced at an average speed of 42.787 km/hr

1 MCCARTHY Jay Bora-hansgrohe 4hr 4min 0sec
2 VIVIANI Elia Quick-Step Floors s.t.
3 IMPEY Daryl Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
4 DEVENYNS Dries Quick-Step Floors s.t.
5 GERRANS Simon BMC s.t.
6 ARNDT Nikias Sunweb s.t.
7 VON HOFF Steele Australia s.t.
8 LAMMERTINK Maurits Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
9 BATTAGLIN Enrico LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
10 BAK Lars Ytting Lotto-Soudal s.t.
11 GESINK Robert LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
12 DOULL Owain Sky s.t.
13 LATOUR Pierre Ag2r-La Mondiale s.t.
14 DE KORT Koen Trek-Segafredo s.t.
15 WYNANTS Maarten LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
16 MEYER Cameron Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
17 GONÇALVES José Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
18 CHÉREL Mickaël Ag2r-La Mondiale s.t.
19 LAMBRECHT Bjorg Lotto-Soudal s.t.
20 GUERREIRO Ruben Trek-Segafredo s.t.
21 EARLE Nathan Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
22 KENNAUGH Peter Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
23 OOMEN Sam Sunweb s.t.
24 CAPECCHI Eros Quick-Step Floors s.t.
25 PUCCIO Salvatore Sky @ 20sec
26 STORER Michael Sunweb s.t.
27 OSS Daniel Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
28 BENNETT George LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
29 CHAVES Johan Esteban Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
30 DEBUSSCHERE Jens Lotto-Soudal 1:22
31 LAWLESS Christopher Sky s.t.
32 EG Niklas Trek-Segafredo s.t.
33 MACHADO Tiago Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
34 BEPPU Fumiyuki Trek-Segafredo s.t.
35 MORTON Lachlan Dimension Data s.t.
36 BAUER Jack Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
37 BOWDEN Scott Australia s.t.
38 RESTREPO Jhonatan Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
39 MEIJERS Jeroen Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
40 MORKOV Michael Quick-Step Floors s.t.
41 DIDIER Laurent Trek-Segafredo s.t.
42 HANSEN Adam Lotto-Soudal s.t.
43 HAYMAN Mathew Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
44 HAMILTON Chris Sunweb 1:49
45 SLAGTER Tom-Jelte Dimension Data s.t.
46 WATSON Calvin Aqua Blue Sport 2:39
47 DAVIES Scott Dimension Data s.t.
48 VAN GINNEKEN Sjoerd Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
49 WARBASSE Larry Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
50 MAS Enric Quick-Step Floors s.t.
51 PETERS Nans Ag2r-La Mondiale 4:30
52 BEVIN Patrick BMC 4:52
53 LEEZER Tom LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
54 WYSS Danilo BMC s.t.
55 KNEES Christian Sky 6:34
56 HANSEN Lasse Norman Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
57 KOCHETKOV Pavel Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
58 HOWSON Damien Mitchelton-Scott 8:25
59 DLAMINI Nickolas Dimension Data s.t.
60 MONTAGUTI Matteo Ag2r-La Mondiale s.t.
61 ROE Timothy Australia s.t.
62 JENSEN August Israel Cycling Academy 9:34
63 TEUNISSEN Mike Sunweb s.t.
64 VAN EMPEL Etienne Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij 10:18
65 DE GENDT Thomas Lotto-Soudal s.t.
66 GASTAUER Ben Ag2r-La Mondiale s.t.
67 WIŚNIOWSKI Łukasz Sky s.t.
68 VANDENBERGH Stijn Ag2r-La Mondiale 14:15
69 DENZ Nico Ag2r-La Mondiale s.t.

Women's Race: January 27

Geelong - Geelong, 113 km

Chloe Hosking

Chloe Hosking wins ahead of Gracie Elvin

The race: Here's the organizer's telling of the day's racing.

Story of the Giro d'Italia volume 2

Australian sprinter Chloe Hosking (Alé – Cipollini) won the Deakin University Elite Women’s Race UCI 1.1 today, after targeting the title since November.

The 27-year-old, who has represented Australia at junior and then senior levels since 2007, won the 113km race in a sprint finish.

Gracie Elvin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) came second and Italian Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance Pro Cycling) third in front of 87 starters.

A favourite to win the race after taking out stage 4 of the Santos Tour Down Under, Hoskings said: “It’s the first race I’ve targeted and won. I was really nervous I’d get jumped from behind, but I tried to channel Caleb Ewan and put my head down low.”

Hosking also won the Mapei Sprint Jersey and was automatically nominated for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. “I worked really hard over the off season, and it’s a nice stepping stone to show I am going in the right direction,” she said.

Two-time Australian road race champion, Elvin added: “It’s one of those races where anything can happen. With the Challambra Climb and the heat – it made a big difference to the group. Chloe got the jump on me and she’s arguably the world’s best sprinter, so I’m really happy to get second.”

Katrin Garfoot (KordaMentha Real Estate) took out the Subaru Queen of the Mountain Jersey after an impressive surge over the Challambra Climb – despite Dutch rider Sabrina Stultien (WaowDeals Pro Cycling) attacking the steep ascent early.

Riders enjoyed calm, but hot conditions after setting out from the Geelong Waterfront at 11.20am. Georgia Whitehouse (Sydney Uni – Staminade) went off the front in the early-stages but a rear puncture with 72km to go saw Italian Lisa Morzenti (BePink) pass her. The pair joined and remained in a leading breakaway along the coast getting out to a three-minute lead.

The 15 teams then began organising themselves as tension built on the outskirts of Geelong. Mitchelton-SCOTT set the pace using cross-winds to their advantage.

The race was action-packed with three crashes including Alison Jackson (Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank) falling heavily during the sprint finish. Earlier in the day, Dutch rider Roxane Knetemann (Alé – Cipollini) suffered a short loss of consciousness before being transported to hospital in a stable condition.

Deakin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander said: “Today we witnessed the strongest field of domestic and international elite women riders compete since the event’s inception in 2015.

“With the race being elevated to UCI 1.1 classification this year, the crowds around Geelong and the Surf Coast region were certainly treated to a display of the best in the business. The skill, endurance and attitude of these athletes was truly inspirational.”

Hosking received a handcrafted Flynn Silver trophy. The ‘C’ is designed using a high-quality road bike rim. The black edge of the rim also represents the winding bitumen of the Great Ocean Road. She also took home a TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 watch.

Complete Results:

113 kilometers raced at an average speed of 34.609 km/hr

1 HOSKING Chloe Ale-Cipollini 3hr 15min 54sec
2 ELVIN Gracie Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
3 BRONZINI Giorgia Cylance Pro s.t.
4 CORDON Audrey Wiggle High5 s.t.
5 PAWLOWSKA Katarzyna Team Virtu Cycling s.t.
6 KITCHEN Lauren Kordamentha-Australia s.t.
7 LUCAS Sharlotte Specialized Women's Racing s.t.
8 MCILROY Kate Specialized Women's Racing s.t.
9 CURE Amy Wiggle High5 s.t.
10 KOSTER Anouska WaowDeals Pro Cycling s.t.
11 RATTO Rossella Cylance Pro s.t.
12 Bechtel Lucy Specialized Women's Racing s.t.
13 GARFOOT Katrin Kordamentha-Australia s.t.
14 BUURMAN Eva Trek-Drops s.t.
15 CHAPMAN Brodie Holden Team Gusto s.t.
16 BROWN Grace Holden Team Gusto s.t.
17 MALSEED Shannon Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank s.t.
18 SPRATT Amanda Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
19 HAMMES Kathrin Trek-Drops s.t.
20 VILLUMSEN Linda Team Virtu Cycling s.t.
21 NEYLAN Rachel Kordamentha-Australia s.t.
22 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek Mitchelton-Scott @ 22sec
23 STULTIENS Sabrina WaowDeals Pro Cycling s.t.
24 GRANT Emma Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 0:48
25 ROY Sarah Mitchelton-Scott 1:13
26 ANDERSON Grace New Zealand s.t.
27 CLEVENGER Erica Twenty 20 s.t.
28 RIPPON Lydia New Zealand s.t.
29 SWINKELS Karlijn Ale-Cipollini s.t.
30 MARKUS Riejanne WaowDeals Pro Cycling s.t.
31 VAN TWISK Abigail Trek-Drops s.t.
32 WILLIAMS Georgia Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
33 HARRIS Ella New Zealand s.t.
34 YONAMINE Eri Wiggle High5 s.t.
35 COBB Alice Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank s.t.
36 BLOOR Ella Specialized Women's Racing s.t.
37 MAGNALDI Erica Bepink s.t.
38 WILES Tayler Trek-Drops s.t.
39 WEAVER Molly Trek-Drops 1:21
40 POWLESS Shayna Twenty 20 2:59
41 KOREVAAR Jeanne WaowDeals Pro Cycling s.t.
42 MEJÍAS Marlies Twenty 20 s.t.
43 EDMONDSON Annette Wiggle High5 3:14
44 BARBIERI Rachele Wiggle High5 s.t.
45 CROMWELL Tiffany Kordamentha-Australia s.t.
46 CROOKS Jenelle Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
47 GUARISCHI Barbara Team Virtu Cycling s.t.
48 SPEROTTO Maria Vittoria Bepink s.t.
49 PALADIN Soraya Ale-Cipollini s.t.
50 HAGIWARA Mayuko Ale-Cipollini s.t.
51 REYNOLDS Matilda Holden Team Gusto 3:38
52 SMITH Kate New Zealand s.t.
53 RAGUSA Katia Bepink s.t.
54 PATTARO Francesca Bepink s.t.
55 RYAN Kendall Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank s.t.
56 HODGES Kendelle Specialized Women's Racing s.t.
57 HANSON Lauretta Kordamentha-Australia s.t.
58 TAGLIAFERRO Marta Cylance Pro s.t.
59 TREVISI Anna Ale-Cipollini s.t.
60 HARVEY Mikayla New Zealand s.t.
61 MOBERG Emilie Team Virtu Cycling s.t.
62 ERIC Jelena Cylance Pro s.t.
63 GAFINOVITZ Rotem WaowDeals Pro Cycling s.t.
64 SCHMIDT Trine Team Virtu Cycling s.t.
65 MULLENS Peta Kordamentha-Australia s.t.
66 RACHETTO Liza Holden Team Gusto s.t.
67 PARK Annasley Trek-Drops s.t.
68 MORSHEAD Danielle Twenty 20 s.t.
69 NORMAN HANSEN Louise Team Virtu Cycling s.t.
70 VAN DE REE Monique WaowDeals Pro Cycling 6:37
71 BRECK Holly Cylance Pro s.t.
72 LECHUGA Scotti Twenty 20 s.t.
73 COLLIGAN Jade Sydney Uni-Staminade 10:45
74 SNEDDON Abby Sydney Uni-Staminade s.t.
75 VESTY Amy Sydney Uni-Staminade s.t.
76 WHITEHOUSE Georgia Sydney Uni-Staminade s.t.
77 SMITH Angela Sydney Uni-Staminade s.t.
78 SCOTT Megan Sydney Uni-Staminade s.t.
79 BUSS Kathryn Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank s.t.
80 MCMULLEN Rylee New Zealand s.t.
81 PERRY Kate Specialized Women's Racing s.t.
82 VALSECCHI Silvia Bepink s.t.

Course map:

The men's race has an additional 3 laps of 20.2 km (small loop in map near the start-finish line) that is not part of the women's race.

2016 Cadel Evans Greant ocean Road Race map

2018 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race map