Following their respective overall victories at the women’s and men’s Tour Down Under, Amanda Spratt and Daryl Impey will lead their Mitchelton-Scott teams at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. The women’s race will be held on Saturday and the men’s race on Sunday, both in Geelong, Australia.
“The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is one of the most professional one-day races we do in the entire season,” Spratt said in a team press release. “The organisation look after all the teams so well and this in combination with the live television coverage and a beautiful course always makes me excited to race.”
The women will race for 113km on a course that starts and finishes in Geelong. The route that works its way toward Torquay beach before facing more undulating terrain as the race makes its way back into town. There is the steep Challambra climb on the final finishing lap that gives the race a Classics-style element.
“The course remains the same this year, but even though we know the parcours, the history of this race shows that it can be quite unpredictable,” Spratt said. “There have been solo winners, small groups and bigger bunches arriving at the finish line.”
The men will race for 163km on a route that includes four ascents of the Challambra climb, all during the final section of the race. The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race has finished in solo breakaways and small sprints. Last year, Impey finished third in a small group sprint behind winner Jay McCarthy and runner-up Elia Viviani.
Impey heads into the race in top form, having won the overall title at the Tour Down Under for second consecutive season.
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