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by Shane Stokes
December 1, 2017
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Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott) and Nikias Arndt (Sunweb) will return to Geelong in 2018 to defend their respective titles at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.
Arndt had been dropped in the closing kilometres of this year’s race, before battling his way back and winning the reduced bunch sprint. He describes the victory as the biggest of his career.
“It’s very physical, it’s a hard race, it’s the perfect race,” Arndt said. “I’m training hard already, preparing well and looking forward to getting the chance to defend it.”
The elite women’s race has been elevated to UCI 1.1 status this year and will attract its strongest field yet. Among them will be world time trial champion Annemiek van Vleuten who won a reduced bunch sprint in this year’s race.
The courses have also been updated for 2018 with the elite men to tackle four ascents of the Challambra Crescent climb rather than three, and the women to tackle the climb for the first time. Further details are expected soon.