Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) won the 2014 Australian road race national championship ahead of Cadel Evans (BMC) and Richie Porte (Sky).
Gerrans out-sprinted the 2011 Tour de France winner to take the title after 18 laps and over 183 kilometres of racing around Buninyong.
"I wanted the guys to set a fast pace to keep it together going into the bottom section of the climb, so that I could attack towards the top," said Gerrans of his Orica-GreenEdge team-mates.
"There was already quite a small, select group left by the time we got to the last ramp of the climb, and there was some foxing going on. Cam [Meyer] had slipped off the front a little bit, and then I attacked in the final few hundred metres of the climb to really try to get rid of the other contenders. We got over one by one: myself,then Cadel, then Cam, then Richie. Over the top, the four of us came together again, and that's how it stayed until the finish."
Gerrans will have a chance to show off his national champion's jersey at the opening WorldTour race of the 2014 season, the Tour Down Under, starting on Tuesday, January 21.
Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access
Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription
Join now for unlimited access
Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
Founded in 1891, Cycling Weekly and its team of expert journalists brings cyclists in-depth reviews, extensive coverage of both professional and domestic racing, as well as fitness advice and 'brew a cuppa and put your feet up' features. Cycling Weekly serves its audience across a range of platforms, from good old-fashioned print to online journalism, and video.
Are gravel races too challenging to broadcast?
FloSports and Life Time have mutually agreed to cease broadcast production for the Life Time Grand Prix
By Anne-Marije Rook • Published
The 5 Best Gravel Events You’ve Never Heard Of
The 5 Best Gravel Races You’ve Never Heard Of: Skull 120, Cascadia Super Gravel, Iceland's The Rift and Further and Peacham Fall Fondo
By Jacob Rathe • Published