Elia Viviani has in Australia, his second victory of the still young season booked. The Italian spurtbom Deceuninck-Quick Step was the best in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. In the streets of Geelong, he was faster than Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) and Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott).
Our compatriot Laurens De Vreese was one of the escapees of the day. The rider of the Astana team was Nathan Elliot and Carter Turnbull, both in the shirt of gelegenheidsteam Korda Mentha Real Estate Australia. De Vreese remained at 30 kilometers from the finish as some, but saw in the background team mate Davide Ballerini looming. Ballerini tried it eventually solo, but was in the final stage, nabbed. A thinned out peloton would despite some late loss sprint for the victory, and it was Viviani the fastest. Ewan and Impey completed the podium, Jens Debusschere was the fifth.
Viviani following the hall of fame from the World Tour match the Australian Jay McCarthy. The Italian had last edition to settle for the silver. “My goal was to do better than that second place”, said the winner. “I followed my plan closely. When others me off wanted to drive, we played it smart and we came every time back, thanks to the best team in the world. My mates worked tirelessly and put me in perfect position.”
– Rash –
1. Elia Viviani
2. Caleb Ewan
3. Daryl Impey
4. Ryan Gibbons
5. Jens Debusschere