Our modern one-day classic attracts 15 out of 18 men’s WorldTour teams, with Jay McCarthy desperate to defend his title.
In its fifth staging, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race has secured its strongest line up yet, with BORA-hansgrohe star Jay McCarthy and Chloe Hosking of Ale Cipollini both returning to defend their titles.
The rivalry will the fierce in the men’s race with 15 WorldTour teams including Lotto Soudal, Team Sky, Team Sunweb and local outfit Mitchelton-SCOTT competing for early season success.
Jay, 26, became the first Australian to win the 164km one-day classic in 2018. “We race all around the world on all different circuits, but for me it’s one of the most exciting ones,” he said.
“Obviously the last couple of years the event has grown tremendously and it’s an event that makes you proud to be Australian and take part in the last part of my Australian season before I head back to Europe.”
The event begins with criterium races Towards Zero Race Melbourne at Albert Park on 24 January, followed by the 113km Deakin University Elite Women’s Race UCI 1.1 on 26 January and
UCI WorldTour Elite Men’s Race on Sunday 27 January.
The Elite Women’s Race will return to free-to-air TV in 2019, with Channel 7 broadcasting the race live and in full on 7TWO.
Eleven international women’s teams have been confirmed including Mitchelton-SCOTT, Trek – Segafredo, Astana Women’s Team, Doltcini – Van Eyck Sport, Swapit Agolico and Rally Cycling.
Minister for sport, tourism and major events, Martin Pakula, said securing 15 WorldTour teams was a coup for the state.
“Victoria’s massive Summer of Cycling has been strengthened by the news that Team Sky will race at the Towards Zero Race Melbourne, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and the Jayco Herald Sun Tour,” Pakula said.
2019 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race Men’s Teams:
|Team Name||Team Category||Country|
|AG2R LA MONDIALE||WTT||FRA|
|ASTANA PRO TEAM||WTT||KAZ|
|BORA – HANSGROHE||WTT||GER|
|MITCHELTON – SCOTT||WTT||AUS|
|DECEUNINCK – QUICK STEP||WTT||BEL|
|TEAM DIMENSION DATA||WTT||RSA|
|EF EDUCATION FIRST||WTT||USA|
|TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN||WTT||SUI|
|TEAM JUMBO VISMA||WTT||NED|
|TREK – SEGAFREDO||WTT||USA|
|UAE TEAM EMIRATES||WTT||UAE|
|KORDAMENTHA REAL ESTATE – AUSTRALIA||WTT||AUS|
2019 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race Women’s Teams:
|Team Name||Team Category||Country|
|ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAM||CTW||ITA|
|DOLTCINI – VAN EYCK SPORT||CTW||BEL|
|TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK||CTW||USA|
|TREK – SEGAFREDO||CTW||USA|
|KORDAMENTHA REAL ESTATE – AUSTRALIA||NAT||AUS|
|NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL TEAM||NAT||NZ|
|GUSTO STEPFWD KOM||NRS||AUS|
|SPECIALIZED WOMEN’S RACING||NRS||AUS|
Signature Sport is thrilled to play an important role in helping the event grow from year-to-year, working with Visit Victoria and the Victorian Government.
The event’s vision since its inception in 2015 was to bring the best riders in the world to the state, while encouraging people of all ages and abilities and get on the bike themselves and embrace one of the greatest recreational pursuits.
Cycling enthusiasts are spoilt for choice with another staging of mass participation events – the Vegemite Family Ride and the Swisse People’s Ride.
Former Sydney Swans premiership player Alex Johnson and Melbourne Demons superstar Max Gawn will ride alongside Cadel Evans in the Swisse People’s Ride.
While Mark Beretta, the Seven Network’s Sunrise sport reporter, is also in training for the coastal hit out:
See the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race full schedule of events.
20 December 2018