Ben O'Connor: the humble Australian living a Tour de France dream

Get to know the Australian, after he won a memorable stage nine into the ski resort of Tignes

Ben O'Connor
(Image credit: Getty)

Ben O'Connor is enjoying the second rest-day at the Tour de France. "I'm not thinking, I'm laying down, I'm soaking it up," he says. "My parents are here in Andorra too so I'll go say hello. I may even have a nap after this call. And I never nap."

He's got a new book alongside him too should he want to engage his brain, although it's not the book he wanted to be reading right now. "I left a really good book in one of the last hotels. That was such a bummer."

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.