Aussies on Tour - The nine Australian riders flying the flag at the 2022 Tour de France

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) Ben O'Connor (AG2R Citroën Team), Michael Matthews (BikeExchange-Jayco) and Jack Haig (Bahrain Victorious)
Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) Ben O'Connor (AG2R Citroën Team), Michael Matthews (BikeExchange-Jayco) and Jack Haig (Bahrain Victorious) (Image credit: A compilation of images from Getty Images Sport)

There is a healthy-sized group of nine Australian riders lining up on the start line of the Tour de France this year, providing viewers from around the other side of the world with plenty of reasons to tune in, whether it is to watch the sprinters spring into action, the breaks unfurl or the long game unfold in the pursuit of yellow. 

A soon-to-retire Richie Porte, who came third overall in 2020, may have raced his last Tour de France last year, but a new crop of Australian GC contenders are rising at the Grand Tours. After Jai HIndley (Bora-Hansgrohe) delivered in spectacular style at the Giro d'Italia, at the Tour de France the attention now turns to Jack Haig (Bahrain Victorious) – who took the podium at the Vuelta a España in 2021 – and Ben O’Connor (AG2R Citroën Team), fourth at the 2021 edition of the race.

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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.