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Ben O'Connor

Ben O'Connor rose to prominence when winning a stage at the 2021 Tour de France and went on to finish fourth in the general classification standings.

O’Connor is one of three big Australian general classification riders, alongside Jai Hindley and Jay Vine.

The 27-year-old from Perth, Western Australia, currently rides for the French team AG2R Citroen and will be looking to rediscover his 2021 form in 2024.

Here is all you need to know about Ben O’Connor.

NameBen O'Connor
Date of birth25th November, 1995
Place of birthPerth, Western Australia
Current teamAG2R Citroen
Odds201.00 to win Tour de France

Professional career so far

Riding for Team Dimension Data, O’Connor made his grand tour debut at the 2018 Giro d’Italia, but unfortunately it did not go according to plan.

O’Connor crashed out with a broken collarbone, but he bounced back well in 2019 when riding in both the Giro and Vuelta a Espana.

He finished 32nd and 25th respectively, gaining great experience that would serve him well in the years to come.

In 2020 he picked up his first major stage win when taking out Stage 17 at the Giro d’Italia, before finishing 20th overall in the General Classification.

But it was the year after in 2021, when O’Connor really made a name for himself at the Tour de France.

The 27-year-old had switched teams to AG2R Citroen and it paid off for him.

Winning a stage at the Tour is huge, and winning one while part of a French team is even bigger, and O’Connor did just that when taking out Stage 9.

It was also the manner of the victory that caught the eye. A talented climber, O’Connor managed to get himself into the break, before attacking in the mountains with 17kms to go.

O’Connor rode solo to take the win, which also moved him up to second overall on the general classification.

He did slip down the GC, but still made it to Paris, finishing fourth, which was a massive result and the highlight of his career so far.

O’Connor has not quite kicked on as much as he would have liked since then, but did manage to finish eighth at the Vuelta in 2022.

He has also finished third at the Criterium du Dauphine in 2022 and 2023.

What does the future hold?

The UCI World Tour is stronger than it has ever been with Jonas Vingegaard, Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic the stand-out general classification riders.

Then there are the likes of Remco Evenepoel and Sepp Kuss on the tier just below. Trying to compete with the big guns at the grand tours will be tough for O’Connor in 2024.

However, the future is still bright and he is sure to be a part of AG2R’s team at the Tour de France and will again get the opportunity to go stage hunting.

He may also get opportunities at the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana and, if things go his way, a podium finish at one of these races is not out of the question.

The calendar is also packed with quality races throughout the year and O’Connor has a lot to look forward with the French team.

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