Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race: race report31. January 2016, Geelong, Victoria (AUS) — Road Team
It was a day of breakaways at the second edition of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, with Floris Gerts (NED) finishing in 18th place in the chase group six seconds behind winner Peter Kennaugh (Team SKY).
Alessandro De Marchi (ITA) showed off his early season form, breaking away in a four-man group at the 30 kilometer mark of the 173.9 kilometer race.
The breakaway pushed their lead out to 6’19, before the peloton began closing in with 100 kilometers to go and De Marchi eventually finding himself in a two-man break with Pat Lane (Avanti IsoWhey Sport).
The chase from the peloton reeled De Marchi and Lane in, before the attacks started in the last 30 kilometers, setting the race up for the sprinters. Danilo Wyss (SUI) was unlucky in the final stages with a flat tire at two kilometres to go.
For De Marchi it was a good day in the saddle, bringing an end to his first racing experience in Australia which started with the Santos Tour Down Under.
“It was a good day and a good race. The plan was to make the race a bit harder for the teams that had to work like Orica-GreenEDGE and I think we did that. In the final stages we didn’t have so much luck with two crashes and a flat tire. I think the team will go back to Europe in good shape and with a good feeling for the coming Spring. If I have the chance, I will come back to Australia.”
Gerts felt strong in the final sprint, a good indication so early in the season.
“De Marchi and Wyss had a great race. They were really attentive and saved the race for us. I don’t think I realized how strong I was until the end, so I am happy with my result. The race was a little bit too long and I almost crashed in the sprint, but I’m happy with the potential I have showed today,” Gerts said.
“It was a really nice month and it brought me closer to the team which was the objective and also to gain some experience in the WorldTour peloton. I learned a lot during the Santos Tour Down Under with Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte as two great leaders, and then again from the race today.”
The Cadel Evans Road Race caps off BMC Racing Team’s Australian racing program for the 2016 season.
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