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2020 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (World Tour), Australia, 6th Edition

Women's race: February 1, 2020
Men's race: February 2, 2020

Plus: Race Torquay (1.1)

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race podium history | 2019 edition | 2023 edition (race not run in 2020 & 2021)

Mens race | Women's race | Race Torquay

Men's Race, Sunday, February 2, 2020

Men's race course map

Geelong - Geelong, 171 km

Dries Devenyns

Dries Devenyns finishes just ahead of Pavel Sivakov.

The race: Here's the report from winner Dries Devenyns' Team Deceuninck-Quick Step

Paris–Roubaix: The Inside Story

Dries Devenyns proved that age is just a number as he powered to a memorable win at the sixth edition of the Australian race, on the back of a majestic ride that showcased his strength and experience. Usually a world-class team player, Dries saw his opportunity and immediately grabbed it, in the process helping Deceuninck – Quick-Step reach a jaw-dropping milestone of 750 UCI victories since the squad’s inception in 2003.

“It is a very special day for me. I like this race a lot, I like racing in Australia and I’ve always felt good here, so to win it after a couple of good results in the past gives me a huge satisfaction. It’s not only the victory that makes me happy, but also the fact that I could write history today for this amazing team”, said Dries, who couldn’t hide his delight after his first win in nearly four years.

A brisk start to affairs meant that the peloton broke apart after just a couple of kilometers, with strong crosswinds also playing a role. Deceuninck – Quick-Step were at the right side of this cut and drove the tempo, but despite several teams’ concerted effort, a regrouping took place after 50 kilometers and things calmed down. Eventually, the bunch allowed two riders to go six minutes clear, but that gap didn’t help them too much and they were brought to heel on the penultimate lap of the finishing circuit.

The race was ignited with 26 kilometers to go, when the vicious tempo splintered the pack, leaving just 17 riders at the front. Dries Devenyns was one of them and made the selection when a searing attack, launched the last time up the Challambra Crescent, dislodged the remaining sprinters. Then, on a small climb with five kilometers to go, Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos) executed a late acceleration and put some daylight between him and the others.

Sensing that it was the right moment to go, Dries upped the tempo and bridged across inside the last four kilometers without ever looking back. With the gap between the duo and the chasers sitting at seven seconds, it was a nail-biting final, and our rider played the scenario perfectly, coming around his opponent just before the last bend and punching clear with the finish line in sight. Beaming with happiness after his maiden World Tour win, Devenyns sat down and analysed Sunday’s 171.7km-long World Tour race.

“You could see it was very aggressive from the beginning, when it didn’t take long for the peloton to be in pieces. When this happened, I was at the back but I remained calm, knowing a regrouping should take place, which it did. With two laps to go, the race split again and this time I was at the front”, Dries said of what proved to be the most important moment of the race. “I found myself outnumbered there as some teams had several riders, so more options, but I also knew I had good legs so I kept my confidence, even when they rode hard over the top of the climb. Then, when Sivakov attacked, I decided to go with him and we gave everything, I had no idea how good he was in a sprint, but I pack a good kick and I knew I had my chance, so I gave it my best. At the end of the day, I am happy I could bring it home for the Wolfpack!”

Complete Results:

108 starters, 95 classified finishers, 13 abandons

171 kilometers raced at an average speed of 41.738 km/hr

1 DEVENYNS Dries Deceuninck-Quick Step 4hr 5min 49sec
2 SIVAKOV Pavel Team INEOS s.t.
3 IMPEY Daryl Mitchelton-Scott @ 4sec
4 KEUKELEIRE Jens EF Pro Cycling s.t.
5 VAN BAARLE Dylan Team INEOS s.t.
6 MCCARTHY Jay Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
7 EWAN Caleb Lotto-Soudal 0:25
8 HALLER Marco Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
9 VIVIANI Elia Cofidis s.t.
10 YATES Simon Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
11 PERNSTEINER Hermann Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
12 HAAS Nathan Cofidis 0:30
13 MORKOV Michael Deceuninck-Quick Step 0:50
14 NIZZOLO Giacomo NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
15 HALVORSEN Kristoffer EF Pro Cycling s.t.
16 PEDERSEN Mads Trek-Segafredo s.t.
17 CONSONNI Simone Cofidis s.t.
18 SARREAU Marc Groupama-FDJ s.t.
19 VENDRAME Andrea Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
20 WISNIOWSKI Lukasz CCC Team s.t.
21 ZABEL Rick Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
22 SCHWARZMANN Michael Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
23 ARASHIRO Yukiya Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
24 DOULL Owain Team INEOS s.t.
25 ROSSKOPF Joey CCC Team s.t.
26 POWER Robert Team Sunweb s.t.
27 CHEVRIER Clément Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
28 HOLMES Matthew Lotto-Soudal s.t.
29 WARBASSE Larry Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
30 GASTAUER Ben Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
31 PIBERNIK Luka Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
32 PORTE Richie Trek-Segafredo s.t.
33 ELISSONDE Kenny Trek-Segafredo s.t.
34 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb s.t.
35 BOIVIN Guillaume Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
36 LIENHARD Fabian Groupama-FDJ s.t.
37 POWLESS Neilson EF Pro Cycling s.t.
38 SCOTSON Miles Groupama-FDJ 0:58
39 PICCOLI James Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
40 GESCHKE Simon CCC Team 1:06
41 DOCKER Mitchell EF Pro Cycling 1:19
42 BENNETT Sam Deceuninck-Quick Step 1:33
43 GREIPEL André Israel Start-Up Nation 1:37
44 KANTER Max Team Sunweb s.t.
45 BOUCHARD Geoffrey Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
46 ARMIRAIL Bruno Groupama-FDJ s.t.
47 TOOVEY Ayden Korda Mentha-Australia s.t.
48 SAGAN Juraj Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
49 DE BOD Stefan NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
50 BENEDETTI Cesare Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
51 SCHELLING Ide Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
52 SCHULTZ Nick Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
53 ALMEIDA João Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
54 DOWSETT Alex Israel Start-Up Nation 2:36
55 GIBBONS Ryan NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
56 STORER Michael Team Sunweb 3:10
57 ROWE Luke Team INEOS 3:20
58 STORK Florian Team Sunweb s.t.
59 LOPEZ Juan Pedro Trek-Segafredo s.t.
60 VAN DER SANDE Tosh Lotto-Soudal 4:13
61 HANSEN Adam Lotto-Soudal s.t.
62 VANBILSEN Kenneth Cofidis s.t.
63 PORTER Rudy Korda Mentha-Australia 4:36
64 RUTSCH Jonas EF Pro Cycling 5:43
65 KLUGE Roger Lotto-Soudal s.t.
66 DIBBEN Jonathan Lotto-Soudal 5:53
67 HOWSON Damien Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
68 WYSS Danilo NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
69 CERNY Josef CCC Team s.t.
70 SMITH Dion Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
71 TURNBULL Carter Korda Mentha-Australia 6:55
72 WHITE Nicholas Korda Mentha-Australia s.t.
73 REIJNEN Kiel Trek-Segafredo s.t.
74 RÄIM Mihkel Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
75 VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume CCC Team s.t.
76 BASKA Erik Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
77 DE KORT Koen Trek-Segafredo s.t.
78 RIES Michel Trek-Segafredo s.t.
79 CATAFORD Alexander Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
80 MORTON Lachlan EF Pro Cycling s.t.
81 MEYER Cameron Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
82 SUNDERLAND Dylan NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
83 GUARNIERI Jacopo Groupama-FDJ s.t.
84 CATTANEO Mattia Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
85 TILLER Rasmus NTT Pro Cycling 10:03
86 BATTISTELLA Samuele NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
87 SABATINI Fabio Cofidis 11:55
88 SCULLY Tom EF Pro Cycling 12:03
89 LAWLESS Chris Team INEOS s.t.
90 KEISSE Iljo Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
91 ARCHBOLD Shane Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
92 LAAS Martin Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
93 LEAHY Conor Korda Mentha-Australia s.t.
94 MATHIS Marco Cofidis s.t.
95 LE TURNIER Mathias Cofidis s.t.

Men's race course map:

Cadel Evans Great OCean Road Race map

Women's Race: Saturday, February 1, 2020

Women's race course map

Liane L:ippert

Liane Lippert shows how a race is won.

Geelong - Geelong, 121 km

The race: Here's the report from winner Liane Lippert's Team Sunweb.

Cycling's World Championships

The Women’s WorldTour began today at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race with a challenging 121 kilometre route in Geelong and the surrounding area awaiting the riders. Alongside the testing parcours, the weather added an extra challenge to the race, as the peloton had to contend with strong winds and rain throughout the afternoon.

Not long after the flag drop an early breakaway duo escaped and it looked as if they would form the move of the day, but upon arriving at the first sprint point things were all back together. A new group of five forged on at the head of the race to be more successful, slowly building up their lead over the bunch. As the rain continued to pour and with a lack of cooperation in the peloton, the breakaway held an advantage of over four minutes with just 40 kilometres to go.

The bunch soon responded and the team came to the front to help set the pace and slowly reel in the breakaway. The gap fell at a steady rate and as the bunch hit the slopes of the Challambra climb with roughly ten kilometres to go, the race was back together.

The team set a solid pace on the climb with riders dropping off the back, but in a cagey affair no attacks were made. Those dropped made it back onto the group on the descent, including some dangerous sprinters. On the final small but sharp rise with around five kilometres to go, Liane Lippert put in a stinging attack, managing to get clear of the now diminished peloton.

Not looking back, she dug deep and continued to push on the pedals all the way to the line, holding on to take a memorable victory. Behind, Leah Kirchmann sprinted to fifth place, rounding off what was a great day of racing for the team.

“The team did such a good job from the beginning and they protected me through the whole day,” beamed Lippert at the finish. “We’re used to the tough conditions so it was good for us and we made the race hard in the wind. I felt really good so I attacked on the final uphill part after the bridge and I never looked back. It’s amazing, I can’t believe I’ve won my first WorldTour race. The team played a really important role in the finale; without them I couldn’t have won today.”

Team Sunweb coach Nicolas Marche added: “We showed during the Tour Down Under how strong we are so we were confident of a good result today and believed we could win. We started with a really clear plan and everyone knew exactly what to do. The team rode really well all day and the race was exactly like we had talked about in the morning. Liane put in a really strong attack in the finale and could stay away until the line; it’s a fantastic day for us. It’s a great result for the whole team, everyone worked really hard, and it’s a nice way to finish our time racing in Australia.”

Complete Results:

121 kilometers raced at an average speed of 36.710 km/hr

1 LIPPERT Liane Team Sunweb 3hr 17min 46sec
2 SIERRA Arlenis Astana @ 15sec
3 SPRATT Amanda Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
4 WILES Tayler Trek-Segafredo s.t.
5 KIRCHMANN Leah Team Sunweb 0:21
6 HOSKING Chloe Rally Cycling s.t.
7 STEPHENS Lauren TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank s.t.
8 WINDER Ruth Trek-Segafredo s.t.
9 HARRIS Ella Canyon-SRAM s.t.
10 CHAPMAN Brodie FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine s.t.
11 LABOUS Juliette Team Sunweb 0:24
12 ROSEMAN Ruby Korda Mentha-Australia 1:00
13 HENDERSON Anna Team Sunweb s.t.
14 HENTTALA Lotta Trek-Segafredo 1:24
15 KITCHEN Lauren FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine s.t.
16 RAGUSA Katia Astana s.t.
17 GEORGI Pfeiffer Team Sunweb s.t.
18 MARCHE Shara FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine s.t.
19 KENNEDY Lucy Mitchelton-Scott 1:30
20 MULLENS Peta Roxsolt Attaquer 2:12
21 SOEK Julia Team Sunweb s.t.
22 RYAN Alexis Canyon-SRAM s.t.
23 HERFOSS Emily Roxsolt Attaquer s.t.
24 GIGANTE Sarah TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank s.t.
25 BOOGAARD Maaike Alé BTC Ljubljana 2:47
26 HANSELMANN Nicole Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport 2:50
27 BARROW Justine Roxsolt Attaquer s.t.
28 GROSSETÊTE Maëlle FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine s.t.
29 FRAPPORTI Simona Bepink 2:51
30 EDWARDS Sophie Korda Mentha-Australia 3:21
31 DOCX Mieke Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport 3:35
32 LUDWIG Hannah Canyon-SRAM 3:38
33 KESSLER Nina TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank s.t.
34 WORRACK Trixi Trek-Segafredo 3:40
35 VAN WITZENBURG Marieke Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport 4:00
36 TALBOT Josie Korda Mentha-Australia s.t.
37 ERATH Tanja Canyon-SRAM 4:21
38 WRIGHT Madeline Roxsolt Attaquer 4:46
39 WIEL Jade FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine s.t.
40 VALSECCHI Silvia Bepink s.t.
41 VAN NECK Melissa Bepink 5:40
42 BAKKER Minke Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport 6:01
43 BARRERA Anet Agolico 6:14
44 VROMANNE Justine Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport 7:34
45 IVANIUK Maryna Astana s.t.
46 MORALES Jeniffer Agolico 8:32
47 GUTIERREZ Ariadna Agolico s.t.
48 AHUMADA Denisse Agolico s.t.
49 PRIETO Marcela Agolico s.t.
50 MANEEPHAN Jutatip Alé BTC Ljubljana 8:34
51 PLICHTA Anna Trek-Segafredo 9:34
52 PATTARO Francesca Astana 10:01
53 ZANARDI Silvia Bepink s.t.
54 CLEVENGER Erica TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank s.t.
55 PRATT Jessica Canyon-SRAM 13:04
56 LOUW Anya Korda Mentha-Australia s.t.
57 MARTIN Alexandra Korda Mentha-Australia s.t.
58 CHURSINA Anastasiia Alé BTC Ljubljana 22:07

Women's race course map:

Cadel Evans Great ocean Road Race

Race Torquay: Thursday, January 30. 10 laps x 13km = 130 km

UCI rating: 1.1

Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett wins in Torquay. Getty Images

The Race: Here's the report from winner Sam Bennett's Deceuninck-Quick Step team.

Melanoma: It Started with a Freckle

Sam Bennett is off to a flying start this season, already having two wins under his belt just ten days since rolling out his campaign in Australia. Most recent came Thursday, at Race Torquay, an event consisting of ten laps of an undulating 13.3km circuit following a clockwise direction.

“This success makes me very happy and feeds my confidence ahead of Sunday, when I hope to be again up there with a shot at victory. The credit goes to the team, who did again a great job and were always there for me”, Sam said immediately after the finish.

The same riders who lined out last week for Tour Down Under were again in action for Deceuninck – Quick-Step, who lost Mattia Cattaneo early in the race, following a crash. Fortunately for the Italian, he didn’t sustain any injuries other than just a few grazes and will be at the start line of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, our last appointment in Australia for 2020.

The race was animated by Dries Devenyns, who launched an attack after six laps, being joined by Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott), together with whom he worked well together, opening up a gap of 55 seconds which spread some panic in the peloton. Eventually, the sprinters’ teams took the front of the pack and narrowed down the advantage of the escapees, who despite their valiant effort, got pegged back with 15 kilometers to go.

A flurry of attacks on the final lap didn’t change the expected outcome and the first edition of Race Torquay culminated in a bunch gallop dominated by Deceuninck – Quick-Step. Michael Mørkøv delivered again a perfectly-executed lead-out, rolling out the red carpet for Irish Champion Sam Bennett, who shot from the peloton and generated a whirring speed which brought him a comfortable win over Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT Pro Cycling) and Alberto Dainese (Team Sunweb).

“After an aggressive start, things became pretty controlled, so I asked the guys to make it harder and kick off the race again, and that’s when Dries went and forced the others to chase. It all came together later and I got an armchair ride to the line. I like the course and the length of the race, even though it was harder than advertised, as it has a bit of everything for everyone, and winning this event after being elevated to UCI status gives me a lot of satisfaction”, added Sam, who triumphed at Race Torquay twice when it used to be a criterium.

Complete results:

130 kilometers raced at an average speed of 42.991 km/hr

1 BENNETT Sam Deceuninck-Quick Step 3hr 1min 26sec
2 NIZZOLO Giacomo NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
3 DAINESE Alberto Team Sunweb s.t.
4 GROVES Kaden Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
5 MORKOV Michael Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
6 SARREAU Marc Groupama-FDJ s.t.
7 PEDERSEN Mads Trek-Segafredo s.t.
8 VENDRAME Andrea Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
9 KLUGE Roger Lotto-Soudal s.t.
10 VIVIANI Elia Cofidis s.t.
11 HALVORSEN Kristoffer EF Pro Cycling s.t.
12 HALLER Marco Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
13 VENTOSO Francisco CCC Team s.t.
14 BASKA Erik Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
15 WHITE Nicholas Team BridgeLane s.t.
16 LAAS Martin Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
17 GUARNIERI Jacopo Groupama-FDJ s.t.
18 REIJNEN Kiel Trek-Segafredo s.t.
19 CONSONNI Simone Cofidis s.t.
20 GIBBONS Ryan NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
21 POWER Robert Team Sunweb s.t.
22 BOIVIN Guillaume Israel Start-Up Nation @ 7sec
23 ROSSKOPF Joey CCC Team 0:09
24 WARBASSE Larry Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
25 VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume CCC Team s.t.
26 HILL Benjamin Team BridgeLane s.t.
27 JENNER Samuel Team BridgeLane 0:11
28 ARASHIRO Yukiya Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
29 PERNSTEINER Hermann Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
30 SCHULTZ Elliot KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
31 CHEVRIER Clément Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
32 SLATTERY Godfrey KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
33 GASTAUER Ben Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
34 WYSS Danilo NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
35 RIES Michel Trek-Segafredo s.t.
36 BOUCHARD Geoffrey Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
37 FRANKINY Kilian Groupama-FDJ s.t.
38 TURNBULL Carter KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
39 MCCARTHY Jay Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
40 SAGAN Juraj Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
41 WISNIOWSKI Lukasz CCC Team s.t.
42 POWLESS Neilson EF Pro Cycling s.t.
43 KANTER Max Team Sunweb s.t.
44 GREIPEL André Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
45 VANBILSEN Kenneth Cofidis s.t.
46 ARCHBOLD Shane Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
47 LOPEZ Juan Trek-Segafredo 0:21
48 ELISSONDE Kenny Trek-Segafredo s.t.
49 DOULL Owain Team INEOS s.t.
50 GESCHKE Simon CCC Team s.t.
51 SCULLY Tom EF Pro Cycling 0:24
52 SCHWARZMANN Michael Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
53 ARMIRAIL Bruno Groupama-FDJ 0:26
54 SCHULTZ Nick Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
55 YATES Simon Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
56 LIENHARD Fabian Groupama-FDJ s.t.
57 VAN BAARLE Dylan Team INEOS s.t.
58 SABATINI Fabio Cofidis 0:29
59 SMITH Dion Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
60 PIBERNIK Luka Bahrain-McLaren 0:33
61 BUITRAGO Santiago Bahrain-McLaren 0:35
62 ROWE Luke Team INEOS 0:38
63 ZABEL Rick Israel Start-Up Nation 0:41
64 SCOTSON Miles Groupama-FDJ 0:49
65 RUTSCH Jonas EF Pro Cycling 0:52
66 STORK Florian Team Sunweb s.t.
67 STANNARD Ian Team INEOS s.t.
68 CHRISTIE-JOHNSTON Alastair Team BridgeLane s.t.
69 DE KORT Koen Trek-Segafredo s.t.
70 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb s.t.
71 TOOVEY Ayden Team BridgeLane s.t.
72 BENTON Thomas KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
73 STORER Michael Team Sunweb s.t.
74 KEUKELEIRE Jens EF Pro Cycling s.t.
75 KEISSE Iljo Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
76 DE BOD Stefan NTT Pro Cycling 0:54
77 MORTON Lachlan EF Pro Cycling s.t.
78 DEVENYNS Dries Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
79 ALMEIDA Joao Deceuninck-Quick Step 1:03
80 BENEDETTI Cesare Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
81 SIVAKOV Pavel Team INEOS 1:06
82 VAN DER SANDE Tosh Lotto-Soudal 1:09
83 HOWSON Damien Mitchelton-Scott 1:24
84 DOCKER Mitchell EF Pro Cycling s.t.
85 BATTISTELLA Samuele NTT Pro Cycling 1:42
86 SCHELLING Ide Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
87 KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjorn Team Sunweb 2:23
88 RAIM Mihkel Israel Start-Up Nation 2:35
89 DIBBEN Jonathan Lotto-Soudal s.t.
90 LAWLESS Chris Team INEOS 3:26
91 HANSEN Adam Lotto-Soudal 3:38
92 TILLER Rasmus NTT Pro Cycling 4:56
93 QUICK Blake KordaMentha-Australia 5:43
94 CATAFORD Alexander Israel Start-Up Nation 6:06
95 HAAS Nathan Cofidis 8:19
96 CERNY Josef CCC Team s.t.
97 IMPEY Daryl Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
98 GOLDSTEIN Omer Israel Start-Up Nation 8:21
99 SUNDERLAND Dylan NTT Pro Cycling 8:22