State of the Nation: Australia, A long way travelled

Nathan Haas has some fun at the 2021 UCI Road World Championships in Flanders
Nathan Haas has some fun at the 2021 UCI Road World Championships in Flanders (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Riders from Australia have always faced an uphill challenge in racing at the highest level, but the huge distance from Europe bred a character of resilience and industriousness. Procycling looks at the journey Australian riders have been making to Europe for over a century.

Ben O’Connor’s victory in the ninth stage of the 2021 Tour de France at Tignes in the Alps and his race to fourth place overall in Paris saw him labelled as the next young road cycling star from Australia. O’Connor had previously shown flashes of his ability, but in just missing the podium and by riding an attacking race, he showed all the stereotypical characteristics of Aussie racers: grit, industriousness and ambition.

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