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Why Ben O’Connor is opting for a Giro d’Italia return over Tour de France

Why Ben O'Connor is opting for a Giro d'Italia return over Tour de France

For most professional cyclists, including Ben O’Connor, the Tour de France is the pinnacle of racing. It’s the most important event on the calendar, with the most attention, the highest accolades, the biggest crowds and all the pressure to match it. But in 2024, it isn’t where the Australian is hoping to succeed.

After two “average” years at the French Grand Tour, as he describes them, where crashes, illness, and a run of bad luck saw him not match his pre-Tour performance level, it’s no surprise to see the Australian look for a change.

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