'I've done it a lot on my commute': How Ben O'Connor prophesied his Volta a Catalunya mountain top win to the kilometre

Remarkably, the first three stages of the race have been won by a trio of different Australians

Ben O'Connor
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Riders doing a reconnaissance of a course or a climb is not exactly novel - especially not in Catalonia where the majority of the peloton reside - but Ben O'Connor took his pre-race preparation to another level ahead of stage three of the Volta a Catalunya.

The AG2R Citroën rider had targeted stage success on the finishing climb of La Molina, a ski station in the Spanish Pyrenees that is ideally located between the Australian's two European bases of Andorra and Girona.

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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.