• Road national champion Michael Freiberg will race the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. (Getty)Source: Getty
Race Melbourne and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race will feature four Australian champions.
Cycling Central

12 Jan 2019 - 7:44 AM 

Michael Freiberg leads a quartet of Australian road cycling champions confirmed for the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road race events.

Freiberg was a controversial omission from the UniSA national team for next week's Tour Down Under.

He produced a stunning finish to tear past Cam Meyer and Chris Harper and win last Sunday's championships road race.

Cycling Australia wanted a development focus for the national team at the Adelaide Tour and 28-year-old Freiberg missed out on a start.

It means a rare year when Australia's top bike race does not feature the national champion's jersey.

Freiberg misses out on UniSA selection despite nationals victory
Cycling Australia (CA) announced the final rider selected for the UniSA national team at the Tour Down Under, with Michael Potter (Pro Racing Sunshine Coast) picked ahead of national road race champion Michael Freiberg (Pro Racing Sunshine Coast).

But Freiberg is in the KordaMentha national team for the men's Cadel Evans race on January 27, starting and finishing in Geelong.

Teenage sensation Sarah Gigante stunned Australian cycling when she won Sunday's women's road race and she will also race in Geelong on Australia Day for the KordaMentha Australian line-up.

Two days before the women's event in Geelong, Albert Park will also host the high-speed Race Melbourne circuit race.

That will feature Victorian Brenton Jones, having won his first senior criterium national title last week after several years of near misses.

The women's Race Melbourne will include Rebecca Wiasak, who had defended her women's criterium championship.

Race Melbourne and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Rd races have attracted a strong field that includes Richie Porte, Caleb Ewan, Amanda Spratt and the defending champions in Geelong, Australians Jay McCarthy and Chloe Hosking.

Roadnats: Freiberg flies to green and gold glory
Outnumbered, outmanned and dropped on the final climb, Michael Freiberg (Pro Racing Sunshine Coast) made the most of the cat and mouse playing out between Cam Meyer (Mitchelton-Scott) and Chris Harper (Team BridgeLane) ahead at the 1km mark where he hammered past the pair, taking the green and gold jersey at the line.
Gigante's epic Roadnats victory
We're necessarily cautious about talking up young riders. But there's not enough superlatives when it comes to Sarah Gigante who triumphed over one of the best riders in the world to take the elite and under 23 women's titles at the 2019 Cycling Australia FedUni Road National Championships.