Giro d'Italia - Ben O'Connor: I prefer to get a victory out of an attack rather than stay in the peloton
Oct 22 2020 02:36 am CET

Giro d'Italia - Ben O'Connor: I prefer to get a victory out of an attack rather than stay in the peloton
Giro d'Italia - Ben O'Connor: I prefer to get a victory out of an attack rather than stay in the peloton
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Ben O'Connor (NTT Pro Cycling) has taken his first win in a grand tour at the 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia, one day after he had to settle with the second place.

It was the second time in a row for the Australian in the breakaway, and he was determined to get his revenge for the previous stage. This time he attacked with eight kilometres to go and could beat the attempts of Herman Pernsteiner to get to him, and crossed the finish line by himself in the Madonna di Campiglio.

"In the road book, I only looked at the first two climbs because that was where the breakaway was meant to go, said O'Connor. "Tactically, it was a pretty simple stage. I just had to follow and make it to the front.

"My celebration gesture on the finishing line was something like [Australian cricketer] Shane Warne used to do. I prefer to get a victory out of an attack rather than stay in the peloton. If I become a consistent rider, I’ll try and race for overall classifications but for now the attacking way of racing is pretty fun."




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