West Australian Ben O’Connor has claimed a well-known victory on the Tour de France, navigating a moist and chilly Stage 9 from Cluses to Tignes to take line honours.
The AG2R Citroën bike owner produced the experience of his life by means of the Alps to earn high spot on the rostrum, ending the 145-kilometre stage in 4h 26’ 43”.
“To attain this immediately is a testomony to everybody who’s put religion in me through the years,” he stated simply moments after the win.
“It’s been a wild experience and it’s mind-blowing.
“It’s what you dream of, it’s so fulfilling and there’s a lot pleasure.
“I’m simply loving each single second.”
The 25-year-old received from a sizeable breakaway, managing to outlast Colombian duo Nairo Quintana and Sergio Higuita to safe his first Tour stage win.
“I wasn’t meant to be within the break however there was an enormous group and I simply crossed to it,” he stated.
“I used to be simply ready, I didn’t actually know what to do, didn’t know if I ought to play cool.
“Then I heard we had (a niche of) three minutes, 4 minutes, 5 minutes, a fantastic alternative each to realize time on the overall classification after which I knew a protracted day like this I might all the time win on the finish.
“It was a mad stage. Situations have been atrocious.”
O’Connor now sits second general, two minutes behind Slovenian Tadej Pogačar, with a relaxation day on Monday.
“I had religion the entire time,” the Perth bike owner stated.
“It was nearly ensuring I didn’t panic as a result of as quickly as you assume ‘I’m going to win a stage of the Tour de France’ all kinds of issues occur to your thoughts, your lungs, your coronary heart.”