Brit duo motivated for Great Ocean Road Race

27 Jan 2018

Brit duo motivated for Great Ocean Road Race

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Chris Lawless and Owain Doull are relishing the challenge of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, which marks the finale of the team’s Australian racing block.

Taking place on Sunday, the 174-kilometre scenic Melbourne test was elevated to WorldTour level last season, and in the three editions to date Team Sky have never finished outside the top five.
 
In 2018 the team headed to Australia with a young and exciting squad, which has so far combined to help Egan Bernal to sixth place at the Tour Down Under.
 
The British duo will be joined by Jon Dibben, Christian Knees, Salvatore Puccio and Lukasz Wisniowski in what is a star-studded field.
 
After riding the race in 2016, the year Team Sky were victorious with Pete Kennaugh, Lawless is excited to return to Geelong.
 
He said: “It’s a really good race. It’s nice weather and the finishing circuit is really interesting. There are a couple of climbs on it and it does make the race really exciting, so you don’t know what can happen. It’s been a group finish, but in 2016 when I rode it Pete won solo.
 
“As a team we’ve got quite a few options and we’ve got quite a young team as well - a lot of us can sprint quickly. I think it will come down to whoever is feeling best on the day in terms of who we go for.”
Owain Doull

Owain Doull

We want to be aggressive, take it on, enjoy the race and race it with open roles.
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After a delayed start to his campaign last season following the removal of his appendix, Doull is simply happy to be on the start line this time around.
 
Motivated following a race-long breakaway at the Race Melbourne criterium, he confirmed: “Last year I was really looking forward to doing it. With the team we have there it should be quite exciting. Rod [Ellingworth] has mentioned how we want to race it: be aggressive, take it on, enjoy the race and race it with open roles. We want to make the most of it.
 
“My personal goals of trying to be good for the Classics in April, which actually isn’t that far away now. When you’re racing this early in the season it can feel it’s a million miles away, but you’ve got to be going pretty well at the start of the year. It’s going to be great to have a one-day hit out on a challenging parcours. It will be on all day - we won’t be rolling round.”

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