Double top-10 finish at Cadel Race

27 Jan 2019

Double top-10 finish at Cadel Race

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, 164km

Team Sky put in an attacking performance during an exciting finale to the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, eventually placing Luke Rowe and Owain Doull in the top 10.
The Welsh duo came home sixth and ninth respectively as the race came down to a bunch kick in Geelong. With no recognised sprinter in the lineup the team gave it everything to split the race on the final lap.
Kenny Elissonde put in a dig on the penultimate ascent of the tough Challambra climb as the action began to intensify. The Frenchman opened out a small gap but was reeled in by the bunch, with a larger than normal peloton heading into the final circuit.
Team Sky arrived at the front with numbers on the last lap, with Pavel Sivakov launching a move on the final climb of the Challambra.
Key moment
Dylan van Baarle was the next to make a move, hitting the front in the first of two attacks on the run-in. With the sprinters’ teams massing at the front the pace remained high, and despite Wout Poels sitting at the head of the race there was no chance for the Dutchman to break clear.
A second surge from Sivakov brought the race into the final kilometre, but in the sprint there was no stopping Elia Viviani (Deceuninck- Quick Step) from claiming the victory.
Rowe and Doull finished strongly in the group, with Elissonde and Poels also crossing the line with the same time as the winner.

Christian Knees

Christian Knees

We wanted to have an aggressive race, especially in the last lap.
What's Next?

After a couple of days to rest, the Australian race block reaches its finale on Wednesday with the Herald Sun Tour. The five-day stage race provides a good early season challenge and holds good memories for Team Sky, with Chris Froome claiming overall victory in 2016.

Race Result
1. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck- Quick Step) 3:54:35
2. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) s.t.
3. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)
4. Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data)
5. Jens Debusschere (Katusha-Alpecin)
6. Luke Rowe (Team Sky)
9. Owain Doull (Team Sky)