Caleb Ewan sprints to second place in Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
The first one-day WorldTour race was scheduled in Geelong today. The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race ended, after a truly thrilling finale, in a bunch kick where Lotto Soudal rider Caleb Ewan sprinted to the second place, only just behind winner Elia Viviani. Daryl Impey completed the podium.
It was Team Astana lighting up the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. Just over the top of the second ‘Challambra Crescent’ Laurens De Vreese, the only survivor of the early break, was joined by his teammate Ballerini. During the last ‘Challambra’ climb, only ten kilometres from the line, the punchers did not manage to create a considerable gap as the peloton was dedicated to make it a sprint finish in Geelong. A couple of riders still tried to avoid that reduced group sprint, but without success. During the final sprint, Caleb Ewan got a little boxed in but still managed to reach out his hand to the victory. Unfortunately for the Australian, the finish line came a little too early.
Caleb Ewan: “It was very hectic every time we approached the climb as the fight for positions was fierce. But the boys did a great job today. The last two laps were really hard but when I got over the second last climb, I realised that I had a good chance of sprinting for the victory because a lot of sprinters had some teammates left to bring back possible attacks.”
“It was pretty close in the end. I was in a good position leading up to the sprint. I have to thank my teammates for getting me there at the end. I got boxed in a little by Impey and by the time I could get around him, I realised, against a fast guy like Viviani, that it would be hard to still get the win. If I could have started earlier, I maybe could have won. I will now have a little break and then prepare for the UAE Tour.”