Elia Viviani will start Sunday (27 January) as leader of Deceuninck – Quick-Step in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (WorldTour).
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The Italian champion was last year in the sprint, beaten by the Australian thuisrijder Jay McCarthy. Dries Devenyns dashed off then to the fourth place and is Sunday the only Belgian in the team of Deceuninck – Quick-Step.
Further there is the selection for the course is about 163 km between Melbourne and Geelong from the Frenchman Rémi Cavagna, the Danes Mikkel Honoré, and Michael Morkov, the Brit James Knox and the Italian rider Fabio Sabatini.
“Elijah is very motivated and wants to be after his second place again do a throw to a good result,” said directeur sportif Rik Van Slycke. “It is not easy because the field is strong. But we have a plan and more than one rider in the finals can play a role.”