Grace Brown: Australia isn't racing for second at the Olympic Games

DE PANNE BELGIUM MARCH 25 Arrival Grace Brown of Australia and Team BikeExchange Celebration during the 4th Oxyclean Brugge De Panne 2021 Women Classic a 1588km race from Brugge to De Panne OxycleanClassic UCIWWT on March 25 2021 in De Panne Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Grace Brown (Team BikeExchange) steps up with first Women's WorldTour win at Classic Brugge-De Panne (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

In the last year, Grace Brown has discovered a whole new level, with the late-comer to cycling delivering results to justifiably build an attitude that there is a chance of fighting for the win in every race. It is an outlook she’s not planning to abandon for the Tokyo Olympic Games

The 29-year-old will be lining up for her debut Olympic Games in a year where she has had the form of her life, taking on the time trial and the road race as part of a team of four that includes proven performer Amanda Spratt, experienced road captain Tiffany Cromwell and youthful talent Sarah Gigante. Australia as a team has shown it can deliver results on the world stage, with Spratt taking second and third in the 2018 and 2019 World Championships. Both of those years there was only one team that placed riders ahead of her, the Dutch squad, and it is fair to say they remain the most formidable of obstacles at the Olympics road race on July 25 and the time trial on July 28.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.