Černý formed part of the six-rider breakaway on the second of 30 laps but with just 51-kilometers on the cards, the peloton kept the breakaway’s advantage to 30 seconds.
With 20 kilometers remaining, Černý attacked from the breakaway to lead the race solo and hovered around ten seconds in front of the chase group which was enough to see the Czech rider secure the fourth bonus sprint, with the prize money being donated the Australian bushfire relief.
As the sprint teams began to organize the chase, Černý was brought back to the chase group and with 10 kilometers to go, the peloton made the catch.
The fast pace split the field with Sajnok making the first selection and holding on to sprint to 12th place behind winner Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal).
Quotes from the Finish Line
“We wanted to show off our jersey at the front on the first day of racing in 2020 so, right at the start, I took that upon myself and I tried to do as much as possible. It’s only January so everyone’s shape is not at 100 percent but I wanted to test my legs and in two days we start the Santos Tour Down Under so, I hope I will be better after this.”
“I tried to win some of the intermediate sprints but I wasn’t lucky so I wanted to race a little bit harder. When I looked up, I was alone so I just continued to push to the end. Looking ahead to the Tour Down Under, we saw that Szymon was in the top form today so we want to try to win a stage with him. We also have some good guys for the breakaways and Simon Geschke can try to do something on the General Classification so, I hope we can show as much as possible.”
Adelaide > Adelaide (51km)
Top 3: 1. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), 2. Elia Viviani (Cofidis), 3. Simone Consonni (Cofidis)
CCC Team top 3: 12. Szymon Sajnok, 51. Fran Ventoso, 56. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck
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