At 11:30am this Sunday 139 riders will set off for the 183.6km which comprise the 2014 edition of the National Championship Road Race in Ballarat.
Reigning champion, Luke Durbridge, will be there as will no less than five more former champions – Simon Gerrans (2012), Jack Bobridge (2011), Travis Meyer (2010), Matthew Lloyd (2008) and Darren Lapthorne (2007). The field will also boast multiple Olympic and World Champions (senior, U23 and junior) on the track, as well as the truly outstanding riders listed below with some of their highest profile achievements. How good is Aussie cycling going right now?
Tour de France
Tour de France GC winner – Cadel Evans
Tour de France GC podium – Cadel Evans (twice)
Maillot Jaune wearers – Simon Gerrans and Cadel Evans
Tour de France stage winners – Cadel Evans and Simon Gerrans (plus 2013 Orica GreenEDGE team members in TTT)
Elite World Championships
Road World Champion – Cadel Evans
Road World Champion podium – Matthew Goss, Allan Davis
Giro d’Italia GC podium – Cadel Evans
Maglia Rosa wearers – Cadel Evans and Richie Porte
Giro d’Italia KOM winner – Matthew Lloyd
Giro d’Italia stage winners – Adam Hansen, Matthew Lloyd, Matthew Goss, Cadel Evans, Simon Gerrans
Vuelta Espana KOM winner – Simon Clarke
Vuelta Espana GC ‘red’ jersey wearer – Cadel Evans
Vuelta Espana stage winners – Michael Matthews, Simon Gerrans, Simon Clarke (*CJ Sutton also won a stage in Spain but isn’t entered for Sunday’s race, 99% sure Gossy was part of a TTT stage win as well)
Other notable races
Paris-Nice GC winner – Richie Porte
Milano Sanremo winners – Matthew Goss and Simon Gerrans
I’ve done my best not to leave anyone out here, but realise I may have. There are just so many Aussies doing well these days. Nice problem to have!