Elia Viviani takes 70th victory at Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
Jan 27 2019 10:34 pm CET

Elia Viviani takes 70th victory at Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
Elia Viviani takes 70th victory at Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
Elia Viviani (c)Sigrid Eggers | Deceuninck - Quick-Step Cycling Team

Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Elia Viviani has taken the victory at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. The Italian champion improved from his 2018 result, where he finished second.

The peloton faced a 163.3-kilometre course that had its toughest moment at the Challambra climb, where the main team contenders increased the pace to catch the breakaway of the day. Then, many riders tried to escape to avoid a final sprint, but Deceuninck-Quick-Step worked hard to repel each of them.

It all came down to a bunch sprint in which the Belgian's team sprint train put Viviani in a perfect position to beat Lotto Soudal's Caleb Ewan and Mitchelton-Scott's Daryl Impey. "There were two second places of last year that I wanted to improve in 2019, and this was one of them," said the Italian at the end of the day.

"We were really committed today, had a plan and followed it accordingly. I knew that some were interested in dropping me and pushed a hard tempo on the climbs, but we played it smart and each time came back thanks to the best team in the world, who worked tirelessly and gave me a perfect lead-out."

Viviani took the 70th victory of his career, the 20th with Quick-Step, with a win he was hoping for. "I like this race a lot, I like the course because it gives a chance to every type of riders, so I was really keen on winning here," he commented.

"We were in four riders going into the final kilometres, which was very important. Also, having Michael by my side under the red kite gave me a lot of confidence, as he was crucial today. As I said, I wanted to rectify last year's runner-up place and having achieved that gives me a lot of joy."



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