Australia’s team pursuit team in Rio in 2016 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
Australia walked into the Rio Olympics in 2016 with big targets, but walked away without the medal haul to match and it was then the drive to turn things around for the Tokyo Olympic Games began. The nation decided it was its turn to become the poacher for a change and Simon Jones, who had worked for Team Sky and British Cycling, was appointed to lead the nation’s high-performance team. Now it’s time to see what those very medal-focussed changes shall yield.
There is no shortage of riders on the Australian team who know how to deliver top results in some of the biggest races on the calendar. Richie Porte , who stood on the podium of last year’s Tour de France , will be heading the charge for Australia in the road race, while featured among the four riders in the women’s squad is Amanda Spratt , who has stood on the World Championship podium two out of the last three years.
Rohan Dennis is a rider to watch in the time trial, having worn the rainbow bands of the world champion in both 2018 and 2019. In the mountain biking Rebecca McConnell has flourished, stepping up to third in the World Championships in 2019 and 2020 while in the newly introduced sport of BMX Freestyle Logan Martin was recently crowned world champion.
Unusually, what the team doesn’t include is any reigning track world champions but, as Jones […]