Great Ocean Road Race 2019 odds
Who wins Great Ocean Road Race 2019?
Great Ocean Road Race 2019
The Great Ocean Road Race is a one-day road race taking place on Sunday 27th January 2019 and is part of the UCI World Tour calendar, featuring just after the Australian-based Tour Down Under. Having been appointed World Tour status in 2017, the Great Ocean Road Race now hosts the top teams around the world.
The current title holder is Jay McCarthy (Team BORA - Hansgrohe), who won a tight sprint finish against Elia Viviani (Team Deceuninck - Quick Step) and reigning Tour Down Under winner Daryl Impey (Team Mitchelton-Scott) who rounded off the podium in 2018.
This will be only the race’s 5th edition, having started in 2015 as the farewell race for Cadel Evans, the only Australian Tour de France winner.
The 2019 race
The Great Ocean Road Race is a 163 km route, starting and finishing at the Geelong Waterfront.
The one day route takes the riders through Barwon Heads and features a number of flat, windy and exposed roads, as well as undulating climbs and technical sections of the course. The route then moves onto Surg Coast, before the start of the gruelling circuit sections, which includes the tough climb of the Challambra. There are four circuits over the Challambra climb before the sprint finish. The route is designed to create plenty of attacking opportunities.
The finish at the waterfront post-climb is made for sprinters, so those fast men who make it to the end with the leading group should contest in a sprint finish.
Fifteen UCI World Tour teams will compete on the start line, alongside three Professional Continental teams and the Australian national team.
Alongside current title holder, Jay McCarthy, the favourites include Elia Viviani (looking to better his second place last year), Caleb Ewan (Team Lotto Soudal) and Michael Valgren (Team Dimension Data). Elsewhere, the likes of Richie Porte (Team Trek - Segafredo) and Robert Gesink (Team Jumbo-Visma) will fancy their chances.