Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race Wraps Up Australian Racing Season29. January 2017, Geelong (AUS) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team has wrapped up the 2017 Australian racing season with an aggressive hit out at the one-day UCI WorldTour Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.
BMC Racing Team spent the day at the front of the peloton controlling the early breakaway, before Rohan Dennis attacked as part of a four-rider breakaway with 30km to go.
The solid teamwork from Francisco Ventoso and Miles Scotson saw Santos Tour Down Under winner Richie Porte perfectly positioned going into the final lap, and final climb.
Porte tried his luck with an attack 4km from the finish, forcing the reduced peloton to chase him down just 1.5km before the line.
Once Porte was caught, attacks came from the group with the race eventually coming down to a sprint won by Nikias Arndt (Team Sunweb), with Simon Gerrans (ORICA-Scott) and Cameron Meyer (Korda Mentha Real Estate Australia) rounding out the peloton.
Porte was BMC Racing Team’s best-placed rider crossing the line in 21st place just behind the sprint.
BMC Racing Team now move on to the Dubai Tour and Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, following an impressive month of racing with Rohan Dennis and Miles Scotson winning the Australian National Road Race and Time Trial championships respectively, and Richie Porte claiming two stage wins and the overall title at the Santos Tour Down Under.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“The goal for today was always to get through the race as easily as possible with the solid team that we have. We were in the attacks all day and did what we had to do. The boys put me in a great position in the final lap. It was a bit of a funny race as to whether it would be a sprint or a climber’s race. When it didn’t happen in the climb I thought to myself that I really want to win this race so I have to attack. I did a nice little attack but at the end of the day it didn’t quite pay off, but it was still a good way to start the season by winning the Santos Tour Down Under and then coming here and having a bit of fun.”
“I’ve done a good block of training. My coach David Bailey is fantastic and understanding. I stopped racing after Rio so it was a long way to come back with good form, I take my hat off to my coach but also my teammates, who have been really great and sacrificing everything for me this Australian summer. So it’s a nice way to start the year and it gives me confidence for July that I’ve got such a good team.”
Fabio Baldato, Sports Director:
“The team did exactly what I asked. I’m really satisfied with their performance today as they were super strong as a team. Richie tried his best in the final, but everyone was watching him and there were teams present in that final group without a sprinter, so of course they wanted to chase him back. Although we are leaving the race without the result we wanted, we can be really happy with how the team worked together. Rohan Dennis did a great job and he sacrificed himself so that we could avoid any dangerous moves, even though he was our second leader. If we continue to race like this for the rest of the season I think we will have some great results.”
“I think the results we had here in Australia will really motivate the rest of team who will now ride in the Middle East and Europe. We are a strong team and we have already shown that with five wins in January. It’s a great way to start the year.”
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
Geelong > Geelong (173.9km)
Top 3: Nikias Arndt (Team Sunweb), Simon Gerrans (ORICA-Scott), Cameron Meyer (Korda Mentha Real Estate Australia).
BMC Racing Team top 3: 21. Richie Porte, 33. Damiano Caruso, 37. Danilo Wyss.