Race: Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
Start/Finish: Geelong/Geelong, Australia
On Sunday, Team Novo Nordisk made its Australian debut at the second edition of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. The 173.9-kilometer race featured a challenging spring classics profile that saw nearly 50 percent of the field not finish. The race began and ended along the coast in Geelong and saw various breakaways throughout the day. Heading into the final kilometers, Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) attacked and held off a reduced peloton to take the win solo by six seconds.
Team Novo Nordisk’s neo-pros showed their early season form with Corentin Cherhal (FRA) being the first rider to attack at the race. A Nippo-Vini Fantini rider joined him and they gained a slight advantage before getting reeled in. Additionally, Scott Ambrose (NZL) and Brian Kamstra (NED) finished strong with Ambrose ending as the seventh best young rider at the race.
“Cadel Road Race is an amazing event on a well organized and awesome course!” says Scott Ambrose (NZL). “It’s one of the best races I’ve competed in. And good riding today by my teammate Brian Kamstra in his first major one-day race- we’ll see a strong season from him for sure.”
“My first pro race was a hard one,” Kamstra (NED) says, “but I managed to finish strong and I’m happy with my result. I’m looking forward to the upcoming season.”
- 1st: Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky)
- 2nd:Leigh Howard (IAM Cycling)
- 3rd: Niccolo Bonifazio (Trek–Segafredo)
Team Novo Nordisk Results:
- Scott Ambrose: 61, 6:09 behind Kennaugh
- Brian Kamstra: 77, 9:32 behind Kennaugh
- Corentin Cherhal: DNF
- Gerd de Keijzer: DNF
- James Glasspool: DNF
- Chris Williams: DNF