• Ben O'connor of the NTT Pro Cycling Team celebrates his Stage 17 victory at the 2020 Giro d'Italia (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
AG2R Citröen (AG2R La Mondiale in 2021) have announced that they've signed Ben O’Connor for next season.
SBS Cycling Central

24 Oct 2020 - 4:38 AM 

The Australian, who has been a star from breakaways in the recent tough stages at the Giro d’Italia, has been announced as joining AG2R Citröen on a one-year deal.

O'Connor finished second on the stage to San Daniele del Friuli and then won a maiden Grand Tour stage the following day at Madonna di Campiglio. He has been the top highlight in 2020 for his current team, NTT Pro Cycling, and AG2R have recognized that by snatching up the 24-year-old.

"I am very excited to start with AG2R Citröen team," said O'Connor. "It will give me the chance to discover a new culture, new teammates, a different way of racing. I know very little about France, apart from a holiday in the Alps with my parents, but I know that the AG2R Citröen Team is one of the teams in the peloton with the deepest history.

"I know it's going to be very rewarding and I’ll have the opportunity to improve by riding with such experienced riders. I am also happy to continue riding a BMC."

AG2R were happy to welcome O'Connor to the French team's setup.

"His profile as a climber was of great interest to us and he really has the strengths we were looking for," said team principal Vincent Lavenu. "He is not yet 25 years old and has already confirmed his potential with his stage victory in the Giro as well as his good overall performance. He is certainly a top reinforcement for the team."