Ale Cipollini is back in Geelong and the Surf Coast as the current title holders. Chloe Hosking returns with a goal of being the first champion to go back to back at the Cadel Road Race. You’ll be sure to pick out the team as they have one of the best kits in world cycling.
On their first visit to Australia, Astana Women’s Team is packed with stars. Keep an eye out for young Italian star Elena Pirrone as she is set to be one of the riders to watch both now and into the future.
One of three Italian teams competing in the Elite Women’s Race, BePink returns with unfinished business. 2018 saw the team miss out on a top 10 place but gain a lot of experience. Expect them to be one of the big improvers at their second time here in Victoria.
With a new sponsor, the team at CCC-Liv will be looking to set the tone for their season early. Formerly WaowDeals, the CCC-Liv team have an exciting mix of youth and experience for the 2019 race.
The team at Doltcini – Van Eyck Sport will be in Victoria for their first attempt at the Cadel Road Race. Based in Belgium, the team is a specialist at One Day racing. Expect them to challenge the more experienced teams early as they look to put the pressure on and break open the race.
Local heroes, Mitchelton – SCOTT have won two of the four Deakin University Elite Road Races to date. With gun riders like 2016 CEGORR winner, Amanda Spratt, they are sure to be up the front again in 2019. The test will be for the other teams to take the advantage away from the best performing team of 2018.
American team, Rally UHC Cycling will come to the race on the back of some solid training. The team has set out on a 13-day camp in Southern California to prepare them for the race. Few teams get this opportunity to have their riders together this early in the season, so it will be interesting to see the benefits that it brings.
The first ever Mexican team to compete at the Cadel Road Race brings an exciting young roster. This team is renowned for getting in the breakaways and pushing the other teams to respond. Expect to see them figure in the Subaru Queen of the Mountain and Mapei Sprint calculations.
California based, Team Tibco – SVB are back for their second year at the Cadel Road Race. In 2018 the team featured in the bunch sprint to the finish line but were unable to podium. With a stronger line-up and the return of Australian champ, Shannon Malseed, expect a bold showing in 2019.
Trek – Segafredo enters the women’s peloton in 2019. The team sits alongside their men’s team and will be out to impress. Their line-up of stars is extraordinary for a brand-new team. With One Day specialists in the team and a number of strong support riders, don’t be surprised if you see Trek – Segafredo featuring come the final run in to the finish.
The Australian National Team is one to watch. With the inaugural Elite Women’s Race winner, Rachel Neylan in the line-up and a host of young stars, the team is sure to ride both a strategic and exciting race. Neylan has committed to mentoring the young stars and will be a great influence on their careers going forward.
The team from across the ditch has increased depth and experience in 2019 and will be keen to show the strong Australian peloton that they are ready to compete on the international stage.
National Road Series Team, Gusto StepFwD KoM is back again after another stellar season on the national race calendar. The team will again be pushing hard to demonstrate their talent to the international audience.
Another top National Road Series team, Specialized Women’s Racing are likely to work closely as a team to chase the overall. With two riders finishing in the top 10 in 2018, the team of local riders will be keen to keep improving and show the international stars what they can do.
The Sydney based squad return to Geelong in 2019, following a great showing in 2018. With a top three finish in both the Subaru Queen of the Mountain and Mapei Sprint classifications, Sydney Uni – Staminade will be out to claim at least one of these titles in 2019. Expect to see a strong showing from the team in the breakaways.