The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race came down to a reduced group sprint and it was Elia Viviani (Deceuninc-Quickstep) who took top honours. Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) placed 2nd and Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) was 3rd.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had much to be proud of, as our South African sprinter, impressed with a fast finishing 4th place. While disappointed on just missing out on what would’ve been his first ever World Tour podium, the 24-year-old rode an incredible race to be in contention over the tough parcours in Geelong.
With Nicholas Dlamini attacking off the front with 25km to go, to Tom-Jelte Slagter and Michael Valgren pulling for Gibbons in the finale, the team delivered a strong overall performance.
Speaking on the finish-line, Gibbons was disappointed to miss out on the podium, but quickly saw the light which was pointing toward the bright future he has ahead of him.
“The team did a great job to support me today, and during this entire Australian campaign in fact, so I’m just sorry I didn’t get more out of this finish for them. Maybe this 4th place result needs time to sink in and I will enjoy it a bit more later this evening, but I’m in this game to win races. There were a few things in the sprint that could’ve gone much smoother for myself. I guess that’s the good thing, if everything went smoothly and I was only 4th, well then so be it. But being around the podium placings and still knowing there is room for improvement, well it motivates me even more to get that big win now.” – Ryan Gibbons