26 Ene Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race Preview (WE 1.2)
After the second edition of the Deakin Elite Women’s Road Race, the city of Geelong brings back some of the greatest cyclists of the international peloton. Despite the fact that the UCI 1.2 UCI race status has not changed, the number international teams and cyclists has increased significantly compared to the previous year. Nine UCI Women Elite teams will participate in the third edition of the race: Australian Orica-Scott, American teams UnitedHealthCare, Cylance, Hagens Berman | Supermint and Sho-Air Twenty20, British teams Wiggle High5 and Drops, German team SRAM Canyon and Italian team Alé Cipollini.
Australian team Orica-Scott heads to Geelong as the team to beat with a strong block that includes among others the current winner of the race, Australian rider Amanda Spratt. Spratt heads to the one day race on fire after finishing as the runner-up in the road race at Australian Nationals (making a 1-2 with her teammate Katrin Garfoot) and claiming the overall victory at the Santos Women’s Tour, where she also won the first stage.
In the first edition of the race, Australian rider Rachel Neylan (Building Champions Squad 2015) claimed the victory after a solo break-away. Similarly, her compatriot and teammate Amanda Spratt won the 2016 edition finishing 49 seconds ahead of Rachel Neylan and Dani King.
The city of Geelong, where the road race of the 2010 UCI Road World Championships finished, will once again be the start and finish of the third edition of the Deakin Elite Women’s Road Race (Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race). The peloton will head South from Geelong, following Barwon river to reach the mouth of the river in the hometown of Cadel Evans, Barwon Heads. The peloton will keep riding across the coastline arriving to the municipality of Torquay, before heading to Bells Beach, the main difficulty of the one day race (a key moment in the previous editions of the race). Gradually, riders will head West, searching for the forest road that will lead them back to Geelong. Returning to Geelong, cyclists will have to face some hilly difficulties, with the climb to Hyland Road as the final opportunity to break the bunch in order to reach solo the finish line.
Favourites & Outsiders
Our favourite: Amanda Spratt
Our outsider: Małgorzata Jasinska
Previous edition (Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race 2016)
Australian rider Amanda Spratt (Orica-AIS) won the second edition of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, after solo-attacking from a four rider breakaway. Her compatriot and teammate Rachel Neylan (Orica-AIS), previous winner of the race, finished second, out-sprinting British rider Dani King (Wiggle High5).
The Deakin Elite Women’s Road Race will be broadcast live between 13:00pm – 15:00pm on Channel 7.
- Live web stream (georestricted)
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