McCarthy wins 2018 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

Viviani and Impey complete podium in thrilling finale

In a thrilling finale of the 2018 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe) came up trumps in a reduced bunch sprint to take the biggest win of his career.

Late dives to the line by Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors), and Tour Down Under champion Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) proved too little too late as McCarthy became the fourth different winner in four editions and the first Australian to triumph.

Having fallen short of a repeat Tour Down Under podium this summer, victory in Geelong was instant redemption for the 25-year-old.

"I was a little a bit disappointed at Tour Down Under but I know I gave it everything there and I felt like I deserved more out of it. Coming into today as the last race in the Australian summer, I felt like I have had a pretty consistent time here and, to finish with a win, I couldn't ask for much more," said McCarthy, who also claimed silver in the Australian nationals at the start of January.

Ensconced in the lead group coming into the final kilometres, McCarthy - along with Impey and BMC's Simon Gerrans - packed the fastest finish but the task was made immeasurably harder when the second group on the road joined up under the flamme rouge. Viviani and defending champion Nikias Ardnt (Sunweb) were the chief the danger men from behind.

However, McCarthy kept a cool head in the hot conditions for the best win yet of his young career.

"As you see, Viviani was coming in hot onto my heels in the final there," he added. "It all worked out today. Some days it goes your way and today was my day."

The opening stanza

From the gun, the day's major breakaway was established with representation from Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue Sport), Pavel Kochetkov (Katusha-Alpecin), Robbert De Greef (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij), and the Kordamentha-Australia duo of Alex Porter and Sam Welsford.

The quintet was given the all-clear from the peloton and quickly built their advantage. At the first intermediate sprint, the gap was over six minutes as Welsford took maximum points in Torquay. In the peloton, Mitchelton-Scott, Trek-Segafredo and QuickStep-Floors were the teams taking up responsibility.

After the non-contest of the sprint point, Hansen and Porter challenged each other for the mountains point with the Aqua Blue Sports rider claiming the prize. Entering the first of the Geelong circuits, the breakaway's advantage continued to hover above four minutes as the mercury tipped over 40 degrees.

Following the first of four ascents of Challambra, Welsford and De Greef lost contact. Second time up the climb, Hansen again took the KOM points to seal the classification while the peloton cut the breakaway's advantage to a touch over three minutes. Third time up, it was only Hansen and Kochetkov left at the head of the race as the Dane again crested first.

The breakaway was caught on the final lap with Challambra to prove decisive in the outcome of the result. Bora's Peter Kennaugh lit the fuse to force the selection and the front group came to include the likes of McCarthy, Kennaugh and Daniel Oss of Bora, LottoNL-Jumbo's George Bennett and Robert Gesink, Mitchelton-Scott's Daryl Impey and Esteban Chaves, plus Gerrans, Pierre Latour (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Dries Devenyns (QuickStep-Floors).

A cat and mouse final five kilometres played into the hands of the chase group, who kept up the pressure and made the junction inside the final kilometre just as a late move from Chaves was foiled.

In the sprint for the line, Maurits Lammertink led off before McCarthy came around and then held off the fast kick of Viviani, Impey and Gerrans for his victory.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora - Hansgrohe4:04:00 
2Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick - Step Floors  
3Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott  
4Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick - Step Floors  
5Simon Gerrans (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
6Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb  
7Steele von Hoff (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate -Australia  
8Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Team Katusha Alpecin  
9Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
10Lars Bak Ytting (Den) Lotto Soudal  
11Robert Gesink (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
12Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky  
13Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
14Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek - Segafredo  
15Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
16Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
17José Gonçalves (Por) Team Katusha Alpecin  
18Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
19Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
20Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Trek - Segafredo  
21Nathan Earle (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy  
22Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Bora - Hansgrohe  
23Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb  
24Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick - Step Floors  
25Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team Sky0:00:20 
26Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb  
27Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora - Hansgrohe  
28George Bennett (NZl) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
29Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Mitchelton-Scott  
30Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:22 
31Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
32Niklas Eg (Den) Trek - Segafredo  
33Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha Alpecin  
34Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek - Segafredo  
35Lachlan Morton (Aus) Team Dimension Data  
36Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott  
37Scott Bowden (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate -Australia  
38Johonatan Restrepo Valencia (Col) Team Katusha Alpecin  
39Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij  
40Michael Morkov (Den) Quick - Step Floors  
41Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek - Segafredo  
42Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal  
43Mathew Hayman (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
44Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb0:01:49 
45Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Team Dimension Data  
46Calvin Watson (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport0:02:39 
47Scott Davies (GBr) Team Dimension Data  
48Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij  
49Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport  
50Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Quick - Step Floors  
51Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:30 
52Patrick Bevin (NZl) BMC Racing Team0:04:52 
53Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
54Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
55Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:06:34 
56Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport  
57Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha Alpecin  
58Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:08:25 
59Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Team Dimension Data  
60Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
61Timothy Roe (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate -Australia  
62August Jensen (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy0:09:34 
63Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb  
64Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij0:10:18 
65Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
66Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
67Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team Sky  
68Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:14:15 
69Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFPhil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb  
DNFChad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb  
DNFSam Bennett (Irl) Bora - Hansgrohe  
DNFMaciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora - Hansgrohe  
DNFChristoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe  
DNFRudiger Selig (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe  
DNFJonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky  
DNFFabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick - Step Floors  
DNFFlorian Senechal (Fra) Quick - Step Floors  
DNFRichie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
DNFTom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
DNFRohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
DNFMiles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
DNFMads Pedersen (Den) Trek - Segafredo  
DNFAlex Frame (NZl) Trek - Segafredo  
DNFMichael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
DNFNathan Haas (Aus) Team Katusha Alpecin  
DNFMads Wurtz Schmidt (Den) Team Katusha Alpecin  
DNFMarcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal  
DNFRobert Wagner (Ger) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
DNFBen O'Connor (Aus) Team Dimension Data  
DNFMark Renshaw (Aus) Team Dimension Data  
DNFJacobus Venter (RSA) Team Dimension Data  
DNFMartijn Budding (Ned) Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFTim Ariesen (Ned) Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFJeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFCasper Pedersen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFPeter Koning (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFShane Archbold (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFZakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFRoy Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFKrists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFHamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFTyler Williams (USA) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFAlexander Porter (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate -Australia  
DNFSamuel Welsford (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate -Australia  
DNFMichael Rice (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate -Australia  


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