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Welcome to Australia’s premier modern one-day classic – the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. Get set for the world’s best male and female riders to descend on Geelong and the Surf Coast region in their quest to win the race and gain valuable UCI WorldTour points.
This, our fourth edition of the Elite Men’s and Elite Women’s Race, includes updated courses to push riders to their limits, an action-packed event village at Geelong Waterfront, a global broadcast into more than 140 countries, and thousands of spectators lining the course. You won’t want to miss it!
SATURDAY 27 JANUARY, 2018
The race: Deakin University Elite Women’s Race UCI 1.1 (113km)
Start & finish: Geelong Waterfront
Start time: 11.20am
Expected finish time: 2.30pm
2017 winner: Annemiek van Vleuten (ORICA-SCOTT)
Average speed: 37.5 km/h
SUNDAY 28 JANUARY, 2018
The race: UCI WorldTour Elite Men’s Race (164km)
Start & finish: Geelong Waterfront
Start time: 11.10am
Expected finish time: 3.15pm
2017 winner: Nikias Arndt (Team Sunweb)
Average speed: 41.2 km/h
UCI WORLDTOUR ELITE MEN’S RACE
Sunday 28 January, 2018
LIVE on Channel 7 and the 7plus app
The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race will be hosted by Sunrise sports presenter Mark Beretta, with expert commentary from the ‘voice of cycling’ Phil Liggett. Tour de France commentator Matt Keenan will provide race commentary, with former cycling star Robbie McEwen – a triple winner of the Green sprinters jersey in the Tour De France – right in the middle of the action reporting live from a motorbike as he follows the 111 riders.
Sam Lane will be reporting on all the colour and action from around the course as the teams’ race through some of Victoria’s most scenic, but challenging, roads.
DEAKIN UNIVERSITY ELITE WOMEN’S RACE
Saturday 27 January, 2018
LIVE on the 7plus app
The Deakin University Elite Women’s Road Race will be streamed LIVE on 7plus and highlights will also be on Channel 7, 7TWO and 7plus on Sunday January 28 from 10am.
This year’s race will see the best and fastest riders in women’s cycling as they race for victory in the first women’s One Day Classic of the 2018 season.
Watch Annemiek van Vleuten defend her title against an impressive international field.
Learn more about our broadcast for all events here
Dutch star Annemiek van Vleuten (NED), from Australian ORICA-SCOTT, took out a stunning win in the Elite Women’s race after sprinting ahead of four fellow breakaway companions.
The Elite Men’s race was held for the first time as a UCI WorldTour sanctioned race. German sprinter Nikias Arndt (GER) took the title in a thrilling finish, narrowly beating Australians Simon Gerrans (ORICA-SCOTT) and Cameron Meyer (KordaMentha Real Estate Australian National Team).
The ORICA-AIS team and Aussie cyclists came out on top in the Elite Women’s race, with Amanda Spratt (AUS) and Rachel Neylan (AUS) making it a one-two for the Australian outfit.
More of the world’s best teams descended on Geelong as the Elite Men’s race stepped up to a 1.HC classification. Team Sky’s Peter Kennaugh (GBR) an impressive attack on the final climb to win ahead of a closing peloton.
In the Elite Women’s race, Australian Rachel Neylan (AUS) (Building Champions) triumphed over a field of nearly 70 riders to clinch her first “big win” in a hard-fought ride.
The Elite Men’s champion was Belgium’s Gianni Meersman (BEL) (Etixx-Quickstep), who sprinted from the leading pack to claim victory in a field of 115.
There’s no better way to get up close to the world’s best riders than by volunteering at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.
In 2017, the support of more than 700 incredible volunteers made this event a huge success – and now we’re looking for an even bigger crew to help with:
Every 2018 volunteer receives a free pair of exclusive event shades, a t-shirt, cap, meals and snacks.
Plus, if a group of five or more register to volunteer on behalf of your club, organisation or community group, $50 per person will be donated back to your nominated organisation.Find out more
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