The sixth edition of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race proved to be thrilling as expected with pro cyclists fighting it out in tough conditions to win the grand title.
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When was it?
The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race 2020 began on 30th January and went on till 2nd February. Different races took place over the weekend. The best cyclists from all across the world looked set to start the new UCI World Tour on a winning note. Race director Scott Sunderland designed the course in such a way that the weather and the early season nature of the race, wouldn’t cause much of a problem for the cyclists.
With an average speed of 41.8 km/h, this is a race every cycling enthusiast looks forward to. The cyclist cover great distances and records are broken each year. The locals and fans all across Australia get to see world champions compete for the title.
Men’s Elite Race
The men’s elite race took place on 2nd February and proved to be a nail-biting experience for all sets of teams and fans alike. With 108 starters, the race was set to be as thrilling and unpredictable as the weather. A total of 16 teams had entered the race. Out of the 108 riders, 13 had to abandon the race.
Dries Devenyns won the race in a time of 4h05:49. The Belgian defeated Sivakov in a gripping final sprint. Dries final sprint resulted in consecutive victories for his team Deceuninck-QuickStep. Dries raced away from the rest of the cyclist with five kilometers to go and won the first One-Day UCI World Tour Race of the year. Sivakov of Team Ineos finished second, followed by Daryl Impey of Team Michelton-Scott.
Carter Turnbull of the Kordamentha Australian National Team won the Swisse King of the Mountain as well as the Mapei Sprint Classification. Sivakov was awarded the Gerry Ryan Award.
UCI World Tour Deakin University Elite Women’s Road Race
It took place on 1st February and marked the opening of the UCI Women’s World Tour calendar. Huge crowds had come to see the thrilling race in Cadel’s hometown along Hitchcock Avenue, and many were home watching the race online. Fourteen teams had participated. Liane Lippert from Germany won the race which was 121 km long. The race took place at Geelong where the weather was unpredictable to say the least. 82 cyclists started the race with 24 riders having to abandon midway. Liane however, was unphased by the weather and went on to win the race for Team Sunweb with an average speed of 36.9 km/h. Arlenis Sierra Canadilla finished second while Amanda Spratt finished third.
Above photo – Liane Lippert wins Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race with a late attack.
Photo © Team Sunweb | Cor Vos