Renaissance for O'Connor with Etoile de Besseges stage win

Etoile de Besseges 2020 50st Edition 4th stage Le Pont du Gard Le Mont Bouquet 1387 km 08022020 Ben OConnor AUS NTT Pro Cycling photo Regis GarnierBettiniPhoto2020
Ben O’Connor (NTT) wins stage 4 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

After a lacklustre 2019 season, Australian Ben O'Connor says his victory on Mont Bouquet in Étoile de Bessèges is a welcome fresh start. The NTT Team rider proved his climbing chops in his first two seasons with the team, winning stages of the Tour of Austria in 2017 and the Tour of the Alps in 2018 ahead of a true breakout performance at the 2018 Giro d’Italia, where he looked to be heading for an overall top-10 finish before crashing out. But further crashes and struggles to find top form prevented him from living up to the high expectations those results brought in 2019.

It now looks as though O'Connor has put his troubles behind him with a decisive solo move on the steepest pitches of the final climb of stage 4 of the French stage race on Saturday.

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