Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

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Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
Race details
DateJanuary
RegionAustralia
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionUCI World Tour
TypeOne-day
History
First edition2015 (2015)
Editions4 (as of 2018)
First winner Gianni Meersman (BEL)
Most winsNo repeat winners
Most recent Jay McCarthy (AUS)

The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race also known as Great Ocean Road Race or Cadel Road Race is an annual professional one-day road bicycle racing for both men and women starting and finishing in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, and routed along the picturesque Great Ocean Road. The first race was held in 2015, as the farewell race for Cadel Evans - Australia's only Tour de France winner or Road World Champion.[1] The 2017 edition was added to the UCI World Tour for the first time.[2][3]

Course[edit]

The men's version is 174 km (108 mi), while the women's is 113 km (70 mi). The race starts in the town of Geelong in Victoria going through Evans' hometown of Barwon Heads on the Bellarine Peninsula, passing by the famous surf beach of Bells Beach in Surf Coast Shire and continuing along the Great Ocean Road. The race then heads via rolling hills back to Geelong for three circuits of the city before a waterfront finish. The race is expected to suit puncheurs.[1]

Men's race[edit]

Rider Team
2015 Belgium Gianni Meersman (BEL) Etixx–Quick-Step
2016 United Kingdom Peter Kennaugh (GBR) Team Sky
2017 Germany Nikias Arndt (GER) Team Sunweb
2018 Australia Jay McCarthy (AUS) Bora–Hansgrohe

Women's race[edit]

Rider Team
2015 Australia Rachel Neylan (AUS) Building Champions Squad
2016 Australia Amanda Spratt (AUS) Orica–AIS
2017 Netherlands Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) Orica–Scott
2018 Australia Chloe Hosking (AUS) Alé–Cipollini

Melbourne pre-race criterium[edit]

In 2017 the pre-race criterium was known as the Race Melbourne - Albert Park, becoming the Towards Zero Race Melbourne in 2018.[4]

Men's race[edit]

Rider Team
2017 Republic of Ireland Sam Bennett (IRL) Bora–Hansgrohe
2018 Republic of Ireland Sam Bennett (IRL) Bora–Hansgrohe

Women's race[edit]

Rider Team
2017 Netherlands Kirsten Wild (NED) Cylance Pro Cycling
2018 Australia Annette Edmondson (AUS) Wiggle High5

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race 2015". Cyclingnews.com.
  2. ^ "UCI expands WorldTour to 37 events". Cycling News. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  3. ^ "The UCI reveals expanded UCI WorldTour calendar for 2017". UCI. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  4. ^ http://www.cqranking.com/women/asp/gen/race_history.asp?raceid=14509