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Australia’s Jay McCarthy wins Cadel Evans road race

January 28, 2018

GEELONG, Australia (AP) — Jay McCarthy became the first Australian cyclist to win the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race Sunday when he prevailed in a bunch sprint at the end of the 164 kilometer (101 mile) one-day event.

McCarthy won from Italy’s Elia Viviani and South African Daryl Impey who carried form after winning last week’s Tour Down Under.

Australians Alex Porter and Sam Welsford, Denmark’s Lasse Norman Hansen, Russia’s Pavel Kochetkov and Robbert de Greef of the Netherlands broke way soon after the start but were gradually reeled back by the pursuing peleton, with Hansen and Kochetkov caught on the final lap about 15.5 kilometers (10 miles) from the finish.

Impey’s teammate Esteban Chaves made a lone attack but was caught inside the last kilometer and McCarthy emerged from a small bunch to claim one of the biggest wins of his career.

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