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by Shane Stokes
January 24, 2018
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Following a fine showing by the KordaMentha Real Estate – Australian national team in last year’s men’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, a campaign which earned them victory in the teams classification, third place by Cameron Meyer plus other successes, the composition of the squad for this year’s event has been named.
2017 sprint classification winner Alex Porter will race with the squad again, and will be joined by fellow Bennelong SwissWellness Cycling Team p/b Cervelo riders Scott Bowden, Steele von Hoff and Timothy Roe, Sam Welsford (Australian Cycling Academy) and Michael Rice (Hagens Berman Axeon). Bowden was the most competitive rider on stage two of the recent Santos Tour Down Under, and will be keen to land more success.
2015 race winner Rachel Neylan (Movistar Women) and three-time world championship medallist Katrin Garfoot (QLD) will head first-ever KordaMentha Real Estate – Australia women’s team in the race. Also confirmed are 2018 Road National Championships silver medallist Lauren Kitchen (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope), 2015 national champion Peta Mullens (Hagens Berman Supermint), Tiffany Cromwell (CANYON//SRAM Racing Team) and Lauretta Hanson (Unitedhealthcare).
Both team’s campaigns will begin on Thursday at the Towards Zero Race Melbourne criterium. On Saturday the women will ride their Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, with the men following suit on Sunday.