Italian superstar Elia Viviani enjoyed his 70th professional win after sprinting home to claim victory in a thrilling end to the UCI WorldTour Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.
Viviani sought redemption after finishing second to Australian Jay McCarthy in the 2018 edition of the event.
The 29-year-old, who competes for powerhouse Deceuninck – Quick Step, is the fifth rider to win the Elite Men’s race since its inception in 2015. He won the 163km race in 3hr 54min 35sec.
Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) was second across the line, just a split second behind Viviani, with Mitchelton-SCOTT’s Daryl Impey rounding out the top three.
Arlenis Sierra Wins Women’s Event
In the women’s elite race on Saturday Cuban cycling sensation Arlenis Sierra (Astana) dominated the final 4km to seal victory in the world-class Deakin University event.
The 26-year-old became the fifth rider to win the Elite Women’s Race since its inception.
Despite dominating for most of the afternoon, Mitchelton-SCOTT duo Lucy Kennedy and fan-favourite 2016 winner, Amanda Spratt crossed the line 19 seconds after Sierra to round out the top three.
Defending champion Chloe Hosking (Alé Cipollini) stole victory in the Mapei Sprint Classification; however a slipped chain devastatingly saw her drop to the back of the pack.
Over 120,000 spectators packed Albert Park Lake and the streets of Geelong and the Surf Coast over the four-day event.
Race Results – Men’s
1. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck – Quick Step)
2. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal)
3. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT)
4. Ryan Gibbons (Team Dimension Data)
5. Jens Debusschere (Katusha-Alpecin)
Race Results – Women
1. Arlenis Sierra (Astana Women’s Team)
2. Lucy Kennedy (Mitchelton-SCOTT)
3. Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-SCOTT)
4. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv)
5. Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo)