The rolling course for the fifth Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race around Geelong (AUS) ended with the expected mass sprint and it was Italy’s Elia Viviani who managed to get across the line first.
Viviani was second in this race last year and won the opening stage of the Santos Tour Down Under earlier in the month. He raced to the finish with Australian veteran Caleb Ewan, Tour Down Under winner Daryl Impey (RSA), Ryan Gibbons (RSA) and Jens Debusschere (BEL), but was able to collect his 69th professional victory and 20th on the World Tour.
After winning the Tour Down Under, Impey was third in this race for the second straight year.
The World Tour is off for a month; the next race is the UAE Tour starting on 24 February. Summaries:
UCI World Cup/Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race
Geelong (AUS) ~ 27 January 2019
(Full results here)
Results (163 km): 1. Elia Viviani (ITA), 3:54:35; 2. Caleb Ewan (AUS), 3:54:35; 3. Daryl Impey (RSA), 3:54:35; 4. Ryan Gibbons (RSA), 3:54:35; 5. Jens Debusschere (BEL), 3:54:35; 6. Luke Rowe (GBR), 3:54:35; 7. Michael Morkov (DEN), 3:54:35; 8. Jay McCarthy (AUS), 3:54:35; 9. Owain Doull (GBR), 3:54:35; 10. Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP), 3:54:35. Also in the top 50: 24. Joey Rosskopf (USA), 3:54:35.