Orica-GreenEDGE Simon Gerrans wins Australian Road Championship, in a sprint finish in front of Cadel Evans (BMC) and Richie Porte (Sky) to win his second national title after racing 183.6km around Buninyon.
[quote_center]”We knew Simon would kick like a Mule” said Richie Porte[/quote_center]
Drapac and Orica-GreenEDGE where part of the 17-rider break, that continued there lead through to the 15th lap when we started to see attacks coming from within the group.
Gerrans, Evans and Porte played their cards well riding with the pelton, which caught the lead group on the penultimate lap.
On the final climb Gerrans and team mate Cameron Meyer took the lead with Evans and Porte chasing. They all knew Gerrans if given the chance would be hard to beat on the sprint.
Porte took the lead in the final kilometre, with Gerrans and Evans reluctant to make the decisive move until the final 200 metres.
With Porte leading out the sprint into a headwind, Gerrans jumped hard with Evans making a futile attempt to match the speed of the Orica-GreenEDGE rider.
Men’s Elite Road Race
1 Simon Gerrans (VIC) 4hr 43min 43sec
2 Cadel Evans (VIC)
3 Richie Porte (TAS)
4 Cameron Meyer (WA) 0:00:05
5 Jack Bobridge (SA) 0:00:23
6 Darren Lapthorne (VIC)
7 Mark O’Brien (VIC) 0:00:29
8 Steele Von Hoff (VIC) 0:00:48
9 Zakkari Dempster (VIC)
10 David Tanner (VIC)