We had racing from both hemsipheres over the weekend – the 2017 season is definitely getting into full swing!
Deakin Women’s Race: Geelong to Geelong, 113km
The women’s version of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race was ‘all out attack’ from start to finish. Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott) timed her sprint from a group of five riders to perfection, powering past Ruth Winder (UnitedHealthCare) with Mayuko Hagiwara (Wiggle High5) rounding out the podium.
Back Stage Pass from Orica Scott…
The whole race was shown live in Australia which is really fantastic. Judging from twitter the peloton put on a superb show. #chapeau to everyone involved
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race: Geelong to Geelong 173.9km
First of the new WorldTour races and WHAT a spectacle it was. A group of 29 riders contested the finish and tried everything in the last kilometres but they could not get rid of Sunweb’s Nikias Arndt. The German sprinter went early and had enough power to hold off a fast-finishing Simon Gerrans (Orica-Scott). Cameron Meyer riding for Korda Mentha rounded out the podium.
Great race, great finish, great podium and I LOVE that trophy…
I honestly had to look twice…
You HAVE to read our #youngdude post, we have a winning team update!
Full report at Cycling News
GP La Marsellaise: Marseilles to Marseilles146km
The traditional opener to the French road season saw Arthur Vichot (FDJ) finish off some fine teamwork in the closing kilometres. His sprint from a group of nine held off Maxime Bouet (Ag2r) and Direct Energie’s Lilian Calmejane.
Oh that French National Champions kit…
Full report at Velo Pro (In French)
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