Ben O'Connor: Winning a Tour de France stage will make your heart stop

Ben O'Connor (AG2R Citroën) wins stage 9 of the 2021 Tour de France
Ben O'Connor (AG2R Citroën) wins stage 9 of the 2021 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images)

The Tour de France did not appear to be going the way of AG2R-Citroën's Ben O'Connor after he was involved in one of the massive crashes on stage 1 and needed stitches on a wound on his arm. 

After several bad days in the opening week, the Australian turned his fortunes around 180 degrees with the stage 9 victory on a cold and rainy Sunday in the Alps and is now second overall to Tour de France leader Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates).

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