Tokyo Olympics: Australia's team for the cycling events

Australias Jack Bobridge Australias Alexander Edmondson Australias Michael Hepburn and Australias Sam Welsford compete in the mens Team Pursuit finals track cycling event at the Velodrome during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 12 2016 Photo by Odd Andersen AFP Photo by ODD ANDERSENAFP via Getty Images
Australia's team pursuit team in Rio in 2016 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Australia walked into the Rio Olympics in 2016 with big targets, but walked away without the medal haul to match and it was then the drive to turn things around for the Tokyo Olympic Games began. The nation decided it was its turn to become the poacher for a change and Simon Jones, who had worked for Team Sky and British Cycling, was appointed to lead the nation’s high-performance team. Now it’s time to see what those very medal-focussed changes shall yield. 

There is no shortage of riders on the Australian team who know how to deliver top results in some of the biggest races on the calendar. Richie Porte, who stood on the podium of last year’s Tour de France, will be heading the charge for Australia in the road race, while featured among the four riders in the women’s squad is Amanda Spratt, who has stood on the World Championship podium two out of the last three years. 

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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.