Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty) claimed the win at the Surf Coast Classic on Thursday, celebrating as he turned his run of podium places into a top step in Torquay by crossing the line just ahead of Elia Viviani (Ineos Grenadiers).
In what was a tight top three, Corbin Strong (Israel-Premier Tech) took the final spot on the podium after returning to the fray after having to pull out of the Tour Down Under unwell with stomach issues on the fifth stage.
A break was left to dangle out front right until the final kilometres of the race, with started in Lorne, but the teams of the top sprinters were never going to let it out of their sight, always keeping the gap within reach to make sure it came down to a battle of the bunch.
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