The 2019 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race has assembled a crack field featuring a record 15 UCI World Tour teams.
Reigning champion, Australian cyclist Jay McCarthy, will set out to defend his crown as he races with German team BORA–hansgrohe.
After a strong showing in last week’s Tour Down Under that included a final stage win, Australian Richie Porte leads Trek Segafredo.
Regarded as one of the leading one-day classic races outside of Europe, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is the opening one-day race of the UCI WorldTour calendar.
The Elite Men’s Road Race 163km course starts at Geelong’s waterfront, heads southeast through Cadel’s hometown of Barwon Heads to Thirteenth Beach, then along the coast through Torquay and Bells Beach before winding back through the rolling Ceres hills to Geelong.
Sunrise sports guru Mark Beretta hosts Seven’s coverage alongside Tour de France commentator Matt Keenan and former cycling star Robbie McEwen – a triple winner of the Green sprinters jersey in the Tour De France – along with former Australian champion Kate Bates and Spanish Classic specialist Juan Antonio Flecha.
Jacqui Felgate will be reporting on all the colour and action from around the course as the teams race through some of Victoria’s most scenic but challenging roads.
The Deakin University Elite Women’s Road Race will be broadcast on 7TWO and streamed live on 7plus on Saturday January 26 and highlights will also be on Channel 7, 7TWO and 7plus on Sunday January 27.