PeloPics: In 40ºC temperatures the racing was also hot in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. It was a day of fast-paced racing straight from the start. Right from the get-go, the attacks came thick and fast.
The race presentation on the seafront
Neutralized out of town
A hot day for Tim Ariesen
The break of the day
A select group of 5 riders escaped from the peloton, working well together and quickly built up a significant advantage within the first few kilometers of racing, with their lead stretching to 6:40 minutes at one point. After the chase was put on in earnest by the peloton, the gap was reduced to approximately 2 minutes with 25 km remaining. As the breakaway came closer to being caught, several riders jumped off the front of the peloton during the last 20 km, yet to no avail. The break was ultimately caught with 15km remaining. A small group of riders subsequently escaped from the bunch in the final few kilometers, with Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe) ultimately surpassing Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) and Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) in the final stretch to take the win for Bora-hansgrohe at the end of a very testing and hot day in the saddle.
The peloton in chase mode
One of the short, steep climbs
Fast finish in Geelong
Home win for Australia from Jay McCarthy
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race Result:
1. Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe in 4:04:00
2. Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
3. Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott
4. Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
5. Simon Gerrans (Aus) BMC
6. Nikias Arndt (Ger) Sunweb
7. Steele von Hoff (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate -Australia
8. Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin
9. Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-Jumbo
10. Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal.