Dries Devenyns outsprinted Pavel Sivakov to win the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road, upstaging the star sprinters local favorites.
The 38-year-old finished stronger than Sivakov in a two-man sprint to take out the 171 kilometer race. He was fourth in the race in 2018 and last month finished 10th in the Tour Down Under.
Caleb Ewan started as race favorite but was not able to stay with a six-man leading group after four climbs up Challambra Hill. He was dropped when compatriot Simon Yates exerted pressure on the final climb.
“I like this race a lot,” Devenyns said. “Each time I’m here I make a good effort.
“When we were in a group it didn’t feel like Sam and my teammates were coming back so I got involved for the victory and I’m happy to sprint for it and take it.”
— 7Sport (@7Sport) February 2, 2020
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race 2020 results:
|1||Dries Devenyns (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)|
|2||Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos)|
|3||Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)|
|4||Jens Keukeleire (EF Pro Cycling)|
|5||Dylan van Baarle (Team Ineos)|
|6||Jay McCarthy (Bora-hansgrohe)|
|7||Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal)|
|8||Marco Haller (Bahrain McLaren)|
|9||Elia Viviani (Cofidis)|
|10||Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)|