Cadel's Road Race puts end to pre-Worlds Australian race block speculation

GEELONG AUSTRALIA FEBRUARY 02 Torquay beach Landscape Peloton Sea during the 6th Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race 2020 Elite Mens Race a 171km race from Geelong to Geelong CadelOfficial CadelRoadRace UCIWT on February 02 2020 in Geelong Australia Photo by Con ChronisGetty Images
The peloton rides past the beach near Torquay at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in 2020, the most recent edition after cancellation of the 2021 and 2022 event due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race has put an end to speculation that it could be part of an Australian block of racing before the Wollongong Road World Championships in September, saying that while it did look into alternate dates for 2022 it was not a feasible option.

Both the Victorian event – which last ran in 2020 with a one-day WorldTour and Women’s WorldTour event as well as a 1.1 ranked circuit race beforehand – and the Santos Tour Down Under have given up their early season slot on the international race calendar in 2021 and 2022, with the border restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic creating too large a hurdle. 

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