Kennaugh wins Great Ocean Road Race

Peter Kennaugh

Peter Kennaugh (left) won Olympic gold on the track at London 2012 in the team pursuit

British Olympic champion Peter Kennaugh beat a powerful field to win Sunday’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in Geelong, Australia.

The Team Sky rider attacked 15km from the end of the 174km event and opened up a 20-second gap on the chasing group before claiming victory by six seconds.

Australian Leigh Howard won a bunch sprint for second. Pre-race favourite Simon Gerrans of Australia was fifth.

Kennaugh’s fellow Isle of Man rider Mark Cavendish retired before the end.

“It’s good for my morale,” said 26-year-old Kennaugh. “It’s good to prove to people I’m not messing around.

“I don’t want to be just another rider. I want to be the rider the team can look to in order to lead races.”

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