Simon Gerrans at the 2016 Tour de FranceAustralia | Team website

The only Australian WorldTour team have found success by cleverly focusing their resources on doing few things well, rather than spreading themselves out.

They are good at team time trials, Classics, and occasionally getting things together in the final 250m to get Michael Matthews a stage win.

However, all that looks set to change as the squad has made in-roads in developing Grand Tour contenders with the signing of Colombian Esteban Chaves and British brothers Simon Yates and Adam Yates.

Chaves established himself as a serious contender during the 2016 Giro d’Italia, where he placed second overall and wore the maglia rosa for a spell.

Adam Yates ended the 2015 season with a win in the Clasica San Sebastian, and finished seventh overall in the 2016 Critérium du Dauphiné, earning himself a spot on the squad’s Tour team. He’s still on a learning curve, and the team is happy to see him gain experience in the biggest races instead of applying too much pressure too soon.

Simon Yates’s season hit a setback in 2016 as he fell foul of the team omitting to submit a therapeutic use exemption certificate for an asthma drug, and he failed an anti-doping test at 2016 Paris-Nice. He was suspended from competition for four months, ruling him out of the 2016 Tour.

Just prior to the 2016 Tour, the team announced a change of name from Orica-GreenEdge to Orica-BikeExchange, and then to Orica-Scott for the 2017 season.

The team chose 24-year-old Adam Yates to lead them at the Giro d’Italia – he scooped up the young rider jersey and fourth overall at the 2016 edition.  In the 2017 edition, he finished the tour second on the young rider classification, losing the jersey to Bob Jungles in the final stage.

It was initially expected that both Adam Yates and his twin bother Simon Yates would take on the tour together, but it’s since been decided that Simon Yates will ride the Tour de France instead, to take pressure off injured Esteban Chaves.