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The most ob­vi­ous threat is Richie Porte, who comes into the race hav­ing skipped the national cham­pi­onships and with a new team (Trek-Se­gafredo).

Porte won the race in 2017 and is al­most un­beat­able on Wil­lunga, so will be right in the mix.

The book­ies’ favourite is in fact Michael Woods, who was third in the road race at worlds last year and has strong sup­port with EF Ed­u­ca­tion First.

Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hans­grohe) and Nathan Haas (Ka­tusha) have both fin­ished top­five here be­fore, Ro­han Den­nis (Bahrain-Merida) is a for­mer win­ner, Chris Hamil­ton (Sun­web) and Ben O’Con­nor (Di­men­sion Data) can both climb, as can Kiwi Ge­orge Ben­nett (Jumbo-Visma), so it should be a mon­ster show­down on the fi­nal day.

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