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Top three Australian Tour de France hopes

The 2023 Tour de France is fast approaching and it is shaping up to be a two-cyclist race between Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogacar.

Dane Vingegaard won the 2022 Tour de France and is looking in fine shape to defend his crown following a smooth preparation.

The same cannot be said for Pogacar, who has been battling back from a broken wrist and will head into the Tour with limited race action.

However, having won the race in both 2020 and 2021, the Slovenian knows how to get the job done and his lack of action in recent weeks should not hamper him too much.

Now the question being asked is can anyone stop the duo? Barring illness and crashes it is hard to see anyone else winning the Tour de France.

WhatTour de France 2023
WhereSpain and France
WhenSaturday 1st July to Sunday 23rd July, 2023
How to watchSBS
OddsJonas Vingegaard 1.80, Tadej Pogacar 2.62, Jai HIndley 13.00

However, that is not to say other riders will not be heading to the biggest grand tour on the cycling calendar without high hopes of doing well.

And Australia have two riders in particular who will be raring to go and looking to emulate Cadel Evans' success in 2011, as well as a sprinter looking to replicate previous glories.

Jai Hindley

Outside of Vingegaard and Pogacar, Australia’s Jai Hindley is being tipped as the best of the rest and is priced at 13.00 to go on and win the Tour de France.

Hindley already has one grand tour under his belt, having won the Giro d’Italia in 2022 and now makes the step up to the Tour de France.

Making the podium would be seen as a huge success for the Western Australian, but he should be ready to pounce if anything should happen to the two hot fancies.

Hindley has proven he can mix it with the best and has been riding strong at the Criterium du Dauphine, the traditional lead-up race to the Tour de France.

Not only that, Hindley will have the support of a very strong looking Bora Hansgrohe team, who will look after him and protect him throughout the three-week tour.

Hindley said he did not have to put his head in the wind on one occasion during his Giro success, and he can expect similar support in France.

Ben O'Connor

It is quite an achievement that Australia have two strong general classification riders heading into the Tour de France and even more impressive that both are from Perth.

Ben O'Connor also originates from the West and like his good friend Hindley, will have high hopes heading into the Tour de France.

The AG2R Citroen star is among a handful of riders who will be looking to podium and possibly win the Tour de France if anything unfortunate happens to the main yellow jersey contenders.

O'Connor is priced at 41.00 to go all the way and win the 2023 Tour de France and he has already shown his pedigree in the race.

In 2022 O’Connor managed to win a stage of the Tour de France on his way to a fifth-placed finish in the general classification standings.

Again, like Hindley, O’Connor has looked strong at the Criterium du Dauphine and will be looking to carry that form into the Tour.

Caleb Ewan

Australia’s next big hope at the Tour de France is Caleb Ewan, but not as far as the yellow jersey is concerned.

Ewan will be looking to add to the five stage wins he has already picked up at the Tour.

The Lotto Dstny rider is among the best sprinters in the sport, but he has been unable to build on the early promise shown.

Ewan’s Tour de France stage wins came in 2019 and 2020 and he will be desperate to end the drought at the 2023 event.

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