25 January 2019, Geelong (AUS)
CCC Team will take six riders to the start line of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on Sunday after Patrick Bevin was ruled out of the UCI WorldTour race in order to recover from injuries sustained in a crash at the Santos Tour Down Under.
“We have made the decision to leave Patrick Bevin at home in order to recover properly from his injuries after crashing badly at the Santos Tour Down Under last week. This close to the race, we are unable to bring another rider in from Europe so we will line up with six riders on Sunday. Although we are a man down, we have six motivated and strong riders ready to race, all of whom showed great form in Adelaide,” Sports Director Jackson Stewart said.
“The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race presents a tough course but it usually comes down to a reduced sprint. We have Jakub Mareczko and Szymon Sajnok for this scenario, two fast riders who can certainly be up there if they are on the right side of the move in the finale, as well as Víctor de la Parte, Łukasz Owsian, Joey Rosskopf, and Francisco Ventoso, who are all quite suited to the rolling terrain and can try for a breakaway or solid attack in the finale. We will look to race aggressively and make the most of our last race in Australia.”
Mareczko is hoping for another opportunity to sprint against some of the world’s best on Sunday.
“I am looking forward to racing at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on Sunday. The Race Melbourne criterium was a good warm up after a few recovery days so I am feeling good,” Mareczko explained.
“It is a difficult course and the finale can be quite selective but we have a solid team for the race and showed that we worked well together at the Santos Tour Down Under. I was sprinting well there and am getting used to the heat now so if I can be up there on the final laps in Geelong then I will give it everything I have.”
The 164km race, starting and finishing in Geelong, heads towards Barwon Heads and along the picturesque Great Ocean road before making its way back to Geelong for four ascents of the challenging Challambra Climb and three laps of a finish circuit.
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (27 January)
Rider roster: Víctor de la Parte (ESP), Jakub Mareczko (ITA), Łukasz Owsian (POL), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Szymon Sajnok (POL), Francisco Ventoso (ESP)
Sports Director: Jackson Stewart (USA)