Santos Women’s Tour champion Valentina Scandolara has finished second in an aggressive inaugural Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race this afternoon in Geelong.
Scandolara also claimed the sprinters jersey, teammate Lizzie Williams the queen of the mountain classification and the team took out the team's classification.
The promise of winds had the ORICA-AIS team excited pre-race and Mother Nature delivered, with crosswinds playing a major role in the race proceedings.
The first split occurred after just 10km of racing, reducing the front of the field to just 20 riders with all five ORICA-AIS representatives present.
“We knew we had five really strong girls in the wind so we tried to break up the bunch,” Scandolara said. “This happened so we were happy with the little bunch that was selected.”