The 2018 edition of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race ended with Jay McCarthy of Bora-Hansgrohe winning. The cyclist won the thrilling finale, making it the biggest win of his career. The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race now has four different winners in the four different editions. McCarthy is the first Australian to win the race as late dives by Tour Down Under winner Daryl Impey and EliaViviani were too late.
“I was a little bit disappointed at Tour Down Under but I know I gave it everything and I felt like I deserved more out of it. Coming into today as the last race in the Australian summer, I felt like I have had a pretty consistent time here and, to finish with a win, I couldn’t ask for much more,” the excited McCarthy said.
McCarthy face stiff competition in the final lap of the race. He was in the lead group in the final kilometres alongside Impey and BMC’s Simon Gerrans. There was another group that joined under the flame rouge with Viviani and Sunweb’sNikiasArdnt leading the opposition. McCarthy kept at it despite the hot conditionsto get the best win of his career so far. MauritsLammertink led the line before McCarthy took over and then he held on despite the rest coming in hot onto his heels. He admitted that he was lucky in the final seconds as it could easily have gone the other way.