Six WorldTour teams announced for the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

For Cadel Evans, today's victory was more about the general classification than anything else.

by Matt de Neef


Organisers of the inaugural Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race have confirmed that six WorldTour teams will start the race, which will start and finish in Geelong on Sunday February 1, 2015.

Orica-GreenEdge, IAM Cycling, Trek Factory Racing, Etixx-QuickStep and Katusha will join Cadel Evans’ BMC Racing Team on the startline of the UCI 1.1 race which passes through Evans’ Australian home of Barwon Heads before visiting the opening stretches of the famous Great Ocean Road.

BMC Racing Team Sports Director Fabio Baldato said the team has one goal in mind: to see out Cadel Evans’ career with a victory in his home race.

“For sure it’s to celebrate Cadel’s great career. I know that any time Cadel has a number on his back, he wants to win. I have been with Cadel for almost the last three years and I would also like to be there for his last win. A nice one at home on his last race.”

Evans will be joined by fellow Australian and reigning U23 world time trial champion, Campbell Flakemore, as well as Michael Schär, Peter Stetina, Danilo Wyss and Silvan Dillier.

Etixx-QuickStep will be lead by Australian sprinter/lead-out man Mark Renshaw, who is anticipating a tough race.

“I think the circuit will be pretty difficult. The World Championships course was similar a few years ago where a sprinter won [Thor Hushovd – ed.], but I think it will be a little different for this race as they changed things a little bit to make it more difficult,” Renshaw said.

“I think as we go along the coastline, south of Geelong, there will be a chance that the crosswind changes the race and I think everyone is also forgetting that it isn’t flat along the coastline either. There are a lot of up and downs.”

Australians David Tanner and Heinrich Haussler will ride for IAM Cycling in the team’s first season in the WorldTour ranks while Calvin Watson will fly the Australian flag for Trek Factory Racing. Orica-GreenEdge will also be on the startline although its line-up is yet to be confirmed.

The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is the latest event in an already busy summer of Australian racing. Held the weekend after the first WorldTour race of the season, the Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race will be followed by the UCI 2.1 Jayco Herald Sun Tour. It is expected that many of the WorldTour teams that will race the Cadel Evans race will also take part in the Sun Tour.

The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race weekend will also include an elite women’s road race which, held on the Saturday, will be part of Cycling Australia’s National Road Series. There will also be a mass participation ride on the Saturday featuring 65km and 111km options.

For more information about the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, including course information click here.

Confirmed riders

BMC Racing Team

1. Cadel Evans
2. Campbell Flakemore
3. Michael Schär
4. Peter Stetina
5. Danilo Wyss
6. Silvan Dillier

Team Katusha

1. Maxim Belkov
2. Giampaolo Caruso
3. Vladimir Isaychev
4. Sergei Lagutin
5. Rudiger Selig
6. Alexey Tsatevich

Etixx – Quick-Step

1. Mark Renshaw
2. Gianni Meersman
3. David de la Cruz
4. Yves Lampaert
5. Maxime Bouet
6. Pieter Serry

IAM Cycling

1. Stef Clement
2. Martin Elmiger
3. Heinrich Haussler
4. Jarlinson Pantano
5. Vicente Reynes
6. David Tanner

Trek Factory Racing

1. Eugenio Alafaci
2. Laurent Didier
3. Hayden Roulston
4. Jesse Sergent
5. Calvin Watson

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