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No day for favourites as Michael Matthews misses out in Cadel Evans Road Race sprint

There was no hiding the determination with which Jayco AlUla was chasing victory at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. They had undoubtedly bought out the A team for the Australian summer – Michael Matthews was for the first time returning to the scene of his U23 World Championships victory in 2010 – to put the Australian WorldTour team in with the best possible to shot to scoop up the one-day race that starts and finishes in Geelong for the first time.

As the break was swept up in the run into the line a group including Matthews was setting up for the final sprint. It looked like the victory that he had been so well placed for when he dropped his chain at the Tour Down Under could well come in Geelong instead. 

But this was no day for the favourites, with both Matthews and Caleb Ewan (Australia) who were in that lead group being beaten to the line by Marius Mayrhofer (Team DSM) who hadn’t been on the radar before the race, no surprise as this was his very first win. Hugo Page (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty) and Simon Clarke (Israel-Premier Tech) were next then Matthews came over the line fourth and Ewan was sixth.

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