The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race entered a new dimension. Nikias Arndt won the third edition.
The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race was added to the UCI World Tour for the first time. It became an unmissable event of the cycling season’s start. Inspired by European classics, this one-day race has everything a major event has. Cadel Evans, only Australian Tour de France winner, started this event in his native country in 2015. The 174km-long race takes riders through the most beautiful landscapes that Melbourne’s surroundings have to offer. Under the Australian sun, sprinters and punchers have all the arguments needed to enter the winning list. But only if they don’t crack under the pressure…
This Sunday, the strongest man was a sprinter. Several BMC riders were involved in the leading group. Richie Porte tried to outpace all his rivals a few kilometres before the finish line. But it’s Nikias Arndt who took it all. The German racer won the sprint and ended all suspense.
His victory closed an action-packed weekend on Geelong’s roads. Just like during the Spring Classics, the whole town lived through the pace of road bike racing for three days. Women’s Race, Men’s Race and the brand new Race Melbourne helped Victoria State live a full cycling weekend. Indeed, the public was a key stakeholder during the event. Seven TAG Heuer customers could ride with Steve Bauer, a Canadian legend of cycling, who ruled the Spring Classics in the 1980s.