Chapman and Bennett win inaugural Race Torquay
IT WAS a hot race in hot conditions as the inaugural Race Torquay rolled out on Thursday last week.
The official lead-in criterium to the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race saw some of the world’s best male and female cyclists race a 13-kilometre circuit around Torquay.
In the women’s race, Australian rider Brodie Chapman (FDJ Nouvelle – Aquitaine Futuroscope) attacked on lap five of the eight-lap course to blitz the women’s field, ahead of Roxsolt Attaquer’s Emily Herfoss and Taylor Wiles from Trek-Segafredo.
Chapman also won the second of the Surf Coast Times Super Sprints, with Canyon//SRAM’s Tanja Erath winning the first.
The men’s race went right to the line as two-time Race Melbourne winner and Irish national champion Sam Bennett from Deceuninck – Quick Step took top honours. He was followed by NTT Pro Cycling’s Giacomo Nizzolo (on his 31st birthday) and Team Sunweb’s Alberto Dainese.
Neilson Powless (EF Pro Cycling) and Kiel Reijnen (Trek-Segafredo) won the men’s Surf Coast Times Super Sprints.