O'Connor: I hope to wear the Tour de France yellow jersey one day

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Ben O'Connor (AG2R Citroën) riding in Andorra during stage 15 of the Tour de France (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

"Would you have bet money on me coming fourth in the Tour? I don't think so." Ben O'Connor asked on Sunday as he heads towards doing exactly that this evening in the Champs-Elysées.

The Australian uses a rhetorical question to sum up precisely the scale of his breakthrough race this July, in such an exceptionally hard Tour de France finishing fourth overall clearly is a result that hasn't exactly landed into his lap.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.