Mitchelton-SCOTT hit out at Race TorquayThu 30 Jan 2020
Neo-pro Kaden Groves sprinted to fourth place at Race Torquay, the precursor event for the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Races this weekend.
Mitchelton-SCOTT featured in all of the men’s major breakaways, courtesy of Nick Schultz and Daryl Impey, before the race wound up in a bunch kick.
Earlier, the women’s team tried to break up their race with Australian champion Amanda Spratt pushing the pace on the climb, but they settled into the bunch behind a successful breakaway.
After a mild start to the racing season, the famous Australian heat finally hit for Race Torquay.
After a subdued beginning to the women’s race, the race began to take shape when Spratt began pushing the pace on the climb. Her effort saw riders dropping from behind, but it wasn’t enough to make the split at the front.
Eventually, it was an attack by Brodie Chapman (Groupama FDJ) that proved to be the winning move. Chapman worked hard for her victory, leading consistently at the head of the race throughout the second half as the breakaway formation changed around her.
Behind, the peloton finished 26seconds adrift with Jessica Allen trying her luck in the sprint for 15th.
The men’s event was also characterised by a number of breakaways, with Mitchelton-SCOTT present in all of the key action.
An initial move of five went up the road early with Shultz representing Mitchelton-SCOTT, before Impey also rode himself in a move of two riders before they were caught with a little over a lap to go for the final sprint.
Groves was led out by Damien Howson and Dion Smith to finish fourth in the bunch kick behind winner Sam Bennett (Deceuninck – Quickstep).
“It was brutal as always. It’s a really dry heat in Victoria, a lot of us have done heat training over the summer so we’ve been waiting for the heat to strike, but when it does it’s never nice.
“This circuit is much better. Anything can happen on this course, you’ve got a bit of everything. It can be for the sprinters, it can be for the aggressive riders so I think it’s a really positive development for the Cadel Evans Race.
“There was a little bunch sprint in the finish behind Brodie. I was dropped during the race, but I kept coming back and thought I might as well have a crack at the finish. I was a bit too far back but it was fun to try to mix it up anyway.”
“We wanted everyone to be aggressive at the start except me, I was to stay fresh for the finish.
“There was no time that we had to panic because we always had one or two in the move so it was a really smooth day.
“It was a pretty messy and fast sprint. I was lucky enough to find Damo and Dion a bit before one kay to go, so those guys got me to the front and dropped me off on the train of EF.
"I was coming into the home straight in sixth or seventh position, maybe a little bit too far back still to race for the win, but all-in-all for the first race, I was pretty race.”
Race Torquay – Women’s Results:
1. Brodie Chapman (FDJ) 2:52:48
2. Emily Herfoss (Roxsolt Attaquer) +0:04
3. Tayler Wiles (Trek Segafredo) +0:06
15. Jessica Allen (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:26
Race Torquay – Men’s Results:
1. Sam Bennett (Deceuninck – Quickstep) 3:01:26
2. Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT Pro Cycling) ST
3. Alberto Dainese (Team Sunweb) ST
4. Kaden Groves (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
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