It may not come as a surprise to see Australians enjoying a lot of success in their home country so far – after all, they know the climate better than anyone and those from South Australia have the benefit of knowing the roads too. However, local knowledge can only take you so far and applying it is a whole other matter – just cast your minds back six months to the summer.
In France, French teams Europcar, Cofidis, Ag2r-La Mondiale, FDJ.fr and Sojasun endured frustrating Tours. Only Ag2r-La Mondiale, through Christophe Riblon’s victory on Alpe d’Huez, secured a stage win while the combined prize money of the remaining four was less than six teams earned on their own. Perhaps they might consider following their Australian counterparts lead next time – one stage win yesterday, Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol) in the King of the Mountains jersey and a rider apiece from continental teams Drapac and UniSA-Australia in both the days’ breaks. It is certainly proving a successful home Tour for the Aussies so far.