‘He’s worked it out’: Oscar Onley meets his high expectations with Willunga Hill stage win at Tour Down Under

The 21-year-old Scot has shown his potential before, but a first win, at WorldTour level too, proved it

Oscar Onley celebrates as he wins stage five of the 2024 Tour Down Under
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Progress is not always linear in sport, as in life. Fortune’s wheel turns and shapes a lot of what goes on in professional cycling, and can interrupt what seems what could be exponential growth.

2023 looked like it was going to be Oscar Onley’s year, following his breakthrough performance at CRO Race the previous autumn, where he almost beat Jonas Vingegaard. The young Scot was fast tracked to dsm-firmenich PostNL’s senior squad from its development team, and was also given a programme which befitted his talent, including big WorldTour events, from the Volta a Catalunya to the Vuelta a España.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.