Strong winds and rain caused for several crashes. After an early group of three was able to establish a lead over the peloton, when the first crashes occurred. Unfortunately Songezo Jim hit the deck after 80 km of racing. Just a couple of kilometers later Serge Pauwels and Matt Brammeier were forced to get on their bikes again.
The gap between the split peloton and the lead came down with around 100 kilometers of racing left. In the cross winds another group was able to get away, with Tyler Farrar and Matt Brammeier representing the team's stripes up front.
The tough final in Geelong then made for another few break attempts. Nevertheless, the race was decided in a bunch sprint with Gianni Meersman (Etixx-Quick Step) taking the win from Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge) and Nathan Haas (Cannondale-Garmin). After 175 kilometers of racing Tyler Farrar was the best MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung finisher.