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by Shane Stokes
December 15, 2017
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Twelve WorldTour teams will line-up in the men’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race early next year, while the women’s event — which has been promoted to UCI 1.1 ranking in 2018 — will host its strongest field yet.
A total of 16 teams will contest the men’s race, headlined by the sport’s top five WorldTour outfits: BMC, Sky, Trek-Segafredo, Sunweb and Quick-Step Floors. Last year’s race featured 13 WorldTour teams in a starlist that included 18 squads.
The full list of attending WorldTour teams is as follows: Ag2r La Mondiale, BMC, Bora-Hansgrohe, Dimension Data, Quick-Step Floors, Katusha-Alpecin, LottoNL-Jumbo, Lotto Soudal, Mitchelton-Scott, Sunweb, Sky, Trek-Segafredo. The four remaining spots on the team list will be filled by three Pro Continental teams — Roompot, Aqua Blue Sport and Israel Cycling Academy — and an Australian national team.
The women’s field will feature 15 international and Australian teams, including WaowDeals Pro Cycling, BePink, Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank and Team Virtu Cycling Women, all of whom will attend the race for the first time. Mitchelton-Scott (currently Orica-Scott) will return with the defending champion Annemiek van Vleuten, while Wiggle High 5 will also return to the race.
The full teamlist for the women’s race is: Ale Cipollini, Wiggle High 5, Cylance, Trek Drops, WaowDeals, Sho-Air Twenty20, BePink, Virtu Cycling, Mitchelton-Scott, Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank, Holden Team Gusto Racing, Specialized Women’s Racing, New Zealand national team, Australian national team, Sydney Uni Staminade.