Pete Kennaugh (Team Sky) took a great solo victory at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race yesterday after attacking with 10 kilometres to go.
The Manxman jumped clear and quickly built up a 20-second lead before keeping a reduced peloton at bay to earn one of the finest wins of his career.
As a break which had gone clear with 30kms remaining was caught with 10km remaining, Kennaugh jumped away and went clear on his own.
The 26-year-old looked strong and, as the chasers failed to organise themselves, he flew over the final climb, built on his lead, and took the win. Leigh Howard (IAM Cycling) won the group sprint behind for second place ahead of Niccolò Bonifazio (Trek-Segafredo).
1 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky 4:04:59
2 Leigh Howard (Aus) IAM Cycling 0:00:06
3 Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
4 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto – Soudal
5 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
6 Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data
7 Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha
8 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky
9 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNL – Jumbo
10 Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling