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FEB 2025

Teams

Arkéa - B&B Hotels

French-based team Arkéa – B&B Hotels return to the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race for the second time in 2024, an experienced team looking for a podium result. Parisian-born Kévin Ledanois and British sprinter Dan McLay will ride alongside Aussie ace Miles Scotson, who has prepared well and has Cadels in sight. A strong team performance early in the season will be key to ensuring they retain their WorldTeam status in 2025.

  • Miles Scotson (AUS)
  • Louis Barré (FRA)
  • Anthony Delaplace (FRA)
  • Laurens Huys (BEL)
  • Kévin Ledanois (FRA)
  • Daniel Mclay (GBR)
  • Michel Ries (LUX)
Start lists are subject to change
Scratched rider: Alessandro Verre (ITA)
Astana Qazaqstan Team

Making their second appearance at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, the Kazakhstan-backed outfit will field a mixed team of experience and youth in 2024. With a proud history in the Grand Tours and monuments, the Astana Qazaqstan team will protect their former U23 world champion Samuele Battistella. Former Australian sprinter Mark Renshaw has signed on as the team’s Sports Director in 2024.

  • Samuele Battistella (ITA)
  • Gianmarco Garofoli (ITA)
  • Michele Gazzoli (ITA)
  • Dmitriy Gruzdev (KAZ)
  • Max Kanter (GER)
  • Christian Scaroni (ITA)
Start lists are subject to change
Scratched rider: Rudiger Selig (GER)
Cofidis

Returning to Victoria for the second time following their only Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race appearance in 2020, Cofidis fields a young and ambitious team backed by Grand Tour experience in 2024. With the goal of a podium finish, experienced campaigner and former Tour de France stage winner Simon Geschke will guide and motivate an energetic team that includes Belgium one-day specialist Piet Allegaert.

  • Piet Allegaert (BEL)
  • Rubén Fernández Andújar (ESP)
  • Eddy Finé (FRA)
  • Milan Fretin (BEL)
  • Simon Geschke (GER)
  • Oliver Knight (GBR)
  • Axel Mariault (FRA)
Start lists are subject to change
EF Education - Easy Post

The brightest jersey in the peloton will again be hard to miss in 2024, with EF Education-Easy Post returning to the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race for the third consecutive edition. Despite mixed results in the past, the team has reason to be very optimistic in 2024, with an exciting international lineup that includes Welsh Olympic gold track medallist Owain Doull and South African Time Trial Champion Stefan de Bod. Watch for Australia’s Il Piccolo Lombardia winner Harry Sweeny, who makes his debut for the US-based team.

  • Stefan de Bod (RSA)
  • Owain Doull (GBR)
  • Jack Rootkin-Gray (GBR)
  • Jonas Rutsch (GER)
  • Archie Ryan (IRE)
  • Harry Sweeny (AUS)
  • Jardi Christiaan van der Lee (NED)
Start lists are subject to change
Groupama - FDJ

Very motivated for a podium result in 2024, the famous French team arrives in Victoria, meaning business. Ignatas Konovalovas is a six-time national champion of Lithuania and a former stage winner of the Giro d’Italia. Riding alongside will be the dynamic Kiwi duo Reuben Thompson and two-time junior track world champion Laurence Pithie. Look for the team to be attacking and making moves as they target victory on the roads of Geelong.

  • Clement Davy (FRA)
  • Fabian Lienhard (SUI)
  • Enzo Paleni (FRA)
  • Laurence Pithie (NZL)
  • Reuben Thompson (NZL)
Start lists are subject to change
Scratched rider: Rudy Molard (FRA), Ignatas Konovalovas (LTU)
INEOS Grenadiers

Finishing the 2023 season as the #4 ranked on the UCI WorldTour, the British-based team will have high expectations heading into this year’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. With a storied history of success across Grand Tours and monuments, the team’s 2024 line-up includes Italian duo Elia Viviani and Filippo Ganna. Viviani, the 2019 race winner, also finished on the Geelong podium in 2018, while Ganna, a six-time stage winner at the Giro d’Italia, heads to Victoria for the first time. Don’t rule out London-born rising star Leo Hayter making a move with the one-day classic course suited to his talents.

  • Laurens De Plus (BEL)
  • Filippo Ganna (ITA)
  • Leo Hayter (GBR)
  • Jhonatan Manuel Narváez Prado (ECU)
  • Ben Swift (GBR)
  • Joshua Tarling (GBR)
  • Elia Viviani (ITA)
Start lists are subject to change
Intermarché - Wanty

After a successful campaign last year, Intermarché, Wanty travels to Victoria with solid hopes for individual and team victory in 2024. The team’s winner in 2023 features Eritrean star Biniam Girmay. Winner of the 2022 Gent-Wevelgem one-day classic, Girmay possess’ a strong sprint and will be well suited to the course layout at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. The Belgian-based outfit will be based around Girmay as they look to begin their 2024 WorldTour campaign with a victory.

  • Lilian Calmejane (FRA)
  • Biniam Girmay (ERI)
  • Madis Mihkels (EST)
  • Tom Paquot (BEL)
  • Simone Petilli (ITA)
  • Dion Smith (NZL)
  • Georg Zimmermann (GER)
Start lists are subject to change
Lidl - Trek

Finishing 2023 as the #5 ranked team on the UCI WorldTour, Lidl – Trek’s men’s team has raced every edition of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race but only managed one individual podium place across the seven years. In 2024, they’ll be better placed than ever to change that narrative, with a dynamic line-up including 2019 Il Lombarida winner Bauke Mollema. Cadel’s course will suit the Dutchman, who’ll be in the mix with teammates Quinn Simmons, America’s current national road race champion, and Italian journeyman Dario Cataldo, who won a stage at the 2019 Giro d’Italia.

  • Dario Cataldo (ITA)
  • Juan Pedro López Pérez (ESP)
  • Bauke Mollema (NED)
  • Jacopo Mosca (ITA)
  • Quinn Simmons (USA)
  • Natnael Tesfazion (ERI)
  • Mathias Vacek (CZE)
Start lists are subject to change
Team dsm-firmenich PostNL

At the 2023 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, Team dsm-firmenich PostNL triumphed as Marius Mayrhofer won his maiden UCI WorldTour race. While the reigning champion won’t be in the peloton in 2024, the team returns with solid credentials and will surely be in the mix again. The Australian duo of Patrick Eddy and Chris Hamilton will be chasing victory and ending their Australian summer on a high.

  • Pavel Bittner (CZE)
  • Patrick Eddy (AUS)
  • Sean Flynn (GBR)
  • Chris Hamilton (AUS)
  • Emīls Liepiņš (LAT)
  • Oscar Onley (GBR)
  • Patrick Bevin (NZL)
Start lists are subject to change
Scratched rider: Matthew Dinham (AUS)
Team Jayco AlUla

Australia’s WorldTour team will be crowd favourites again in 2024, spearheaded by sprint king Caleb Ewan. With unfinished business at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, Ewan’s chances will be supported by the all-Australian team, including all three placegetters at AusCycling 2024 Road Nationals – Luke Plapp, Chris Harper and Kelland O’Brien. With five podium places across seven years, will 2024 finally mark the team’s first men’s victory in Geelong?

  • Caleb Ewan (AUS)
  • Harper Chris (AUS)
  • Blake Quick (AUS)
  • Luke Plapp (AUS)
  • Campbell Stewart (NZL)
  • Kelland O’Brien (AUS)
  • Rudy Porter (AUS)
Start lists are subject to change
Israel - Premier Tech

The Continental team Israel – Premier Tech returns in 2024 with a solid line-up that includes Aussie journeyman Simon Clarke, who showcased his racing nous to finish on the podium in 2023. Kiwi duo Corbin Strong and 2021 New Zealand road champion George Bennett will be in the mix as the team looks for UCI points and a potential WorldTour team promotion in 2025.

  • George Bennett (NZL)
  • Guillaume Boivin (CAN)
  • Simon Clarke (AUS)
  • Derek Gee (CAN)
  • Nick Schultz (AUS)
  • Corbin Strong (NZL)
  • Stephen Williams (GBR)
Start lists are subject to change
ARA | Skip Capital

This men’s Aussie development team arrives in Geelong for the first time to line up against an entire international peloton. This not-for-profit program works to help riders excel in both cycling and their tertiary studies in partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast. In 2024, all but one of the squad are teenagers who will no doubt be eager to roll the dice in the breakaway and secure publicity in this unique race opportunity. The Director Sportif is 2007 Herald Sun Tour winner Matthew Wilson.

  • Dylan Proctor-Parker (AUS)
  • Tyler Tomkinson (AUS)
  • William Eaves (AUS)
  • Declan Trezise (AUS)
  • Joshua Cranage (AUS)
  • Nate Hadden (AUS)
  • Cohen Jessen (AUS) (Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race only)
  • Blake Agnoletto (AUS) (Surf Coast Classic only)
Updated 18/01. Start lists are subject to change
Team Bridgelane

Entering their seventh year as a Continental team, Team BridgeLane returns to Geelong after successful early season preparation. Ready to take it up to the big teams and motivated to perform on local roads, watch out for exciting talent in Elliot Schultz, Zac Marriage, and Luke Burns.

  • Tristan Saunders (AUS)
  • Elliot Schultz (AUS)
  • Zac Marriage (AUS)
  • Jackson Medway (AUS)
  • Sam Jenner (AUS)
  • Matthew Greenwood (AUS)
  • Luke Burns (AUS) (Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race only)
  • Liam Walsh (AUS) (Surf Coast Classic only)
List updated 18/01. Start lists are subject to change.
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