O'Connor gives Dimension Data something to celebrate at the Tour of the Alps

Ben O'Connor (Dimension Data) on his way to winning stage 3 at Tour of the Alps

The Dimension Data soigneur jumped for joy and punched the air as Ben O'Connor took his solo victory at the Tour of the Alps in Merano. The 22-year-old Australia rider joined them in celebration as he realised he had pulled off a breakthrough victory and given the African team something to celebrate after a series of injuries to key riders. O'Connor was Dimension Data's protected rider for the Tour of the Alps as team leader Louis Meintjes quietly completes his build-up for the Giro d'Italia. O'Connor finished eighth on Tuesday's mountain finish to Alpe di Pampeago, only losing contact in the final kilometre when Chris Froome attacked. He had shown his potential with 11th place overall at the Volta a Catalunya and arrived at the Tour of the Alps after a long spell at altitude. When the Tour of the Alps peloton exploded on the gradual but constant slopes of ...

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