Nikias Arndt wins thrilling Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race – Bike Magazine Australia

Germany’s Nikias Arndt claimed the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race victory after denying Cameron Meyer right on the line.

Meyer, from West Australia, looked set to take the win after blasting away from a small leading group with just 800m to go in Geelong.

But his attack failed by just a couple of metres as Arndt put down the power to reel Meyer in and just get his wheel in front at the finish.

“Even with 50m to go I was not sure I was going to catch him,” Arndt said.

“It was only right at the end that I was able to get really close and then go over the top of Meyer.”

It was heartbreak for 29-year-old Meyer who had announced his retirement from cycling last year due to personal reasons, before making a comeback towards the end of the season. He eventually had to settle for third place after also being pipped by fast finishing Simon Gerrans.

Team Dimension Data rider Meyer appeared to have caught the leading group of around 25 riders napping with a sharp attack just after Richie Porte had been brought back to the pack with only 1km still to race.

Porte, fresh from his Tour Down Under title, tried to grab more honours with a solo break from about 4km out but he was unable to hold on – as was Meyer, with Arndt ultimately claiming the win for Team Sunweb. 

In the women’s race earlier in the day Annemiek van Vleuten from Holland took the victory after a five rider breakaway.

Van Vleuten, who suffered a nasty concussion after crashing at the 2016 Olympic Games road race, beat USA’s Ruth Winder and Japan’s Mayuko Hagiwara to the line.
Lucy Kennedy was the best Australian in fourth.