The Sports Examiner

CYCLING Preview: Jay McCarthy back to defend his title in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race

They don't call it the "Great Ocean Race" for nothing!

After a week of recovery, the UCI World Tour will end its Australian leg with the fifth edition of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race on Sunday in Geelong, just southwest of Melbourne.

The 164 km course is hilly, with three short climbs in the Mount Moriac group and then four climbs up the Challambra Crescent over the final three laps of the race.

Four prior medalists are entered for the 2019 race:

● Jay McCarthy (AUS) ~ Winner in 2018
● Elia Viviani (ITA) ~ 2018 silver medalist
● Daryl Impey (RSA) ~ 2018 bronze medalist (won the Santos Tour Down Under)
● Nathan Haas (AUS) ~ 2015 bronze medalist

All three medalists from the Santos Tour Down Under – Impey, runner-up Richie Porte (AUS) and bronze medalist Wout Poels (NED) are entered. Four of the race’s stage winners are also in: Viviani, Impey, Jasper Philipsen (BEL) and Porte.

Look for results here.

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