After 'fighting with the best guys', Ben O'Connor is proud of his Critérium du Dauphiné podium

Australian heads into Tour de France with best WorldTour stage result in his pocket

Ben O'Connor on the podium of the Critérium du Dauphiné
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For ten months Ben O'Connor was the biggest general classification hope from Australia. After his fourth place at last summer's Tour de France, the third best GC result by an Australian at the race, he shouldered the expectation of a nation at the biggest cycling event in a world.

Then Jai Hindley went and won the Giro d'Italia last month. Another man from Perth, Hindley became the second Australian ever to win a Grand Tour, after Cadel Evans, and inherited that pressure and responsibility.

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