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Cuban cyclist Arlenis Sierra wins Cadel Evans race

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  • Disappointing result for Australian Mitchelton-Scott team 
  • Lucy Kennedy finishes second and Amanda Spratt third

Cuban Arlenis Sierra has spoiled the Australian show for the biggest win of her cycling career.

Sierra launched a perfectly timed attack in the last 4km of Saturday’s 113.2km Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road race at Geelong.

The Australian Mitchelton-Scott team worked hard to set up the race in the last 30km, but had to settle for second and third places.

Australian teammates Lucy Kennedy and Amanda Spratt crossed the line 19 seconds after Sierra.

Sierra attacked Kennedy and the climber could not respond. Spratt bridged across by herself from the main chase group to join Kennedy but it was too late.

“The team rode so strongly to set it up,” Kennedy said. “The Astana girl was super-strong and unfortunately we couldn’t quite get there.”

The three leaders emerged from a front group of six that formed over the brutally steep Challambra climb, about 10km from the finish.

Kennedy was the first to go clear and Sierra caught her before launching the race-winning attack.

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