Ben O’Connor renews with Team Dimension Data
Young Aussie talent commits future to Africa’s Team
One of the brightest talents on the UCI World Tour, Ben O’Connor, says that he’s “excited” to have committed his future to Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka which has been a “great fit” for him thus far in his professional career.
The 22-year-old Australian, in his second year with Africa’s Team, has renewed his contract until 2020. The good news comes just days after his heroic efforts at the Giro d’Italia, which saw him sadly crash out within sight of the finish in Rome but make headlines with a hugely impressive Grand Tour debut.
While for Team Principal, Douglas Ryder, O’Connor’s commitment is an integral part of the team’s goals over the course of the next three years and their ‘Vision 2020’ campaign.
Despite crashing out on stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia, O’Connor was one of the biggest revelations of the race. The Australian was riding high, challenging for a top-8 GC placing, when the race summited the Col delle Finestre but his inspired ride came to a crashing halt, ending with a broken collarbone on the descent of the Sestriere.
O’Connor’s Giro exit was heartbreaking, for both rider and Team Dimension Data, but showcased the rapid progression he has made over the course of the last 18 months.
— Team Dimension Data (@TeamDiData) 31 May 2018