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by Mark Zalewski
December 15, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Dutch cycling federation launches investigation into harassment as riders speak out; Cadel’s Race gets curtain-raiser crit on Melbourne’s Albert Park F1 circuit; Peter Sagan considering using disc brakes for 2017 Paris-Roubaix; Tiesj Benoot extends with Lotto Soudal until 2019; Ekimov elected as president of Russian Cycling Federation; Team UniSA-Australia names Tour Down Under first four; Geraint Thomas unable to defend Commonwealth Games title; Rohan Dennis still eyeing hour record; Joe Dombrowski’s uphill hour record; Latour breaks finger during training camp; Amador fined for riding on highway; Thieves use cycling apps to target victims; Movistar’s holiday season video.
The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race carnival will grow beyond a single weekend in 2017 with the introduction of a men’s and women’s criterium event, the Towards Zero Race Melbourne. Held on Australia Day, Thursday January 26, Race Melbourne falls two days before the women’s Cadel’s Race and three days before the men’s event. The criteriums will be held on the Albert Park Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit in Melbourne, some 70km from Geelong where the existing Cadel’s Race events start and finish.
The men’s race will be contested over 22 laps of the 5.3km Formula 1 circuit for a total of 116.6km while the women’s race will include 12 laps for a total of 63.6km.
Just as the People’s Choice Classic criterium serves as a non-UCI-classified curtain-raiser to the Santos Tour Down Under, so Race Melbourne will be a non-UCI-classified curtain-raiser for Cadel’s Race. And just as the same teams that race the Tour Down Under are obliged to take part in the People’s Choice Classic, so the teams of Cadel’s Race will take part in Race Melbourne. Teams will, however, be able to swap out individual riders between Race Melbourne and Cadel’s Race should they wish.
Organisers of Cadel’s Race today also revealed the teamlist for the 2017 men’s race. Thirteen of the sport’s 17 WorldTour teams will be in attendance at the newly promoted WorldTour event, while the remaining five spots will be taken by four Pro Continental squads and an Australian national team. Headlining the national team will be promising young riders Michael Storer, Jai Hindley and Lucas Hamilton.
“It is a great opportunity to showcase ourselves against the WorldTour, but also learn and gain experience from the best cyclists in the world,” Hamilton said of Race Melbourne. “To also have them racing in Australia, is even a bigger bonus.”
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