A record 15 UCI WorldTour teams are confirmed for the 2019 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, including British giant Team Sky.
The 2019 field is the strongest in the event’s five-year history, surpassing the 12 WorldTour teams that competed in 2018.
Team Sky headlines the 2019 line-up, which includes Australian team Mitchelton-SCOTT and race debutants UAE Team Emirates and Astana Pro Team.
The Australian National Team rounds out the elite field of 16 teams.
Defending champion, Australian cyclist Jay McCarthy, will set out to defend his crown with German team BORA – hansgrohe.
Minister for Sport, Tourism and Major Events, Martin Pakula, said the line-up strengthened Victoria’s position as Australia’s cycling and sporting capital.
“Victoria’s massive Summer of Cycling has been strengthened by the news that Team Sky will race at the Towards Zero Race Melbourne, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and the Jayco Herald Sun Tour,” said Minister Pakula.
“This is further evidence that the Summer of Cycling brings the best teams from across the globe to race in Victoria, showcasing Melbourne and our beautiful regions to the world.”
“We will have the best-of-the-best here in Victoria, strengthening our position as Australia’s cycling and sporting capital.”
The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is a four-day event that begins in Albert Park, before traveling to Geelong and the Surf Coast from 24 January – 27 January, 2019.
It is regarded as one of the leading one-day Classic races outside of Europe and is the opening one-day race of the UCI WorldTour calendar.
It is an initiative of Visit Victoria, endorsed by the Victorian State Government and a pillar of Australia’s major events calendar.
2019 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race Men’s Teams
|Team Name||Team Category||Country|
|AG2R LA MONDIALE||WTT||FRA|
|ASTANA PRO TEAM||WTT||KAZ|
|BORA - HANSGROHE||WTT||GER|
|MITCHELTON - SCOTT||WTT||AUS|
|DECEUNINCK - QUICK STEP||WTT||BEL|
|TEAM DIMENSION DATA||WTT||RSA|
|EF EDUCATION FIRST||WTT||USA|
|TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN||WTT||SUI|
|TEAM JUMBO VISMA||WTT||NED|
|TREK - SEGAFREDO||WTT||USA|
|UAE TEAM EMIRATES||WTT||UAE|
|KORDAMENTHA REAL ESTATE - AUSTRALIA||WTT||AUS|