With consecutive wins in the Giro d'Italia, the Aussie cycling assembly line is travelling along nicely and Michael Tomalaris is enjoying the show.
7 Apr 2015 - 11:32 PM  UPDATED 13 Apr 2015 - 3:36 PM

Wow! What a weekend of success for Aussie cycling at the Giro.

With fourteen starters from Down Under taking part, I guess it was to be expected, but to have both Matthew Lloyd and Cadel Evans grab hard fought stage wins on consecutive days has blown me away.

I can remember not so long ago, when Italians would dominate most stages of the Giro and subsequently the General Classification.

So much so it was a Grand Tour, for those of us watching from the other side of the world, which frankly had become a little tedious to follow - especially in the 1990s.

But the power balance in world cycling has shifted dramatically - there's no doubt about it. A sport that was once exclusively the domain for Europeans has become a haven for Anglo-speaking riders.

This year's Giro alone is testament to that.

After just seven stages, Bradley Wiggins, Tyler Farrar, Richie Porte, Graeme Brown and now Evans and Lloyd have all made an impact and are showing the Euros how it's done.

And there's every reason to suggest the trend will continue in this week's Tour of California where up to fourteen Australians (not including Heinrich Haussler who we know really is an Aussie) will also make their way to the start line with Mick Rogers among the hot pre-race favourites.

In Italy, anyone prepared to write off Cadel's chances after he lost almost two minutes in the team time trial would have been silly to do so given his fresh focus on racing.

His muddy win at Montalcino, largely on dirt roads, was a pefect fit given his background as a mountain bike champion.

"It's a stage that was suited for me and we prepared well for it. The course reconnaissance we did paid off," said Evans following the stage.

Didn't it ever!

Sure, there's still two weeks to go, but all things being equal I can't see Cadel being beaten when the Giro ends in Verona in two weeks - though you can never be too sure in a three week bike race - can you?

Special mention must go to Lloyd for a bold and tactically brilliant solo win in stage six. He leads the King of the Mountains classification and, I for one, hopes he can keep it all the way to the finish.

As for the rise of Richie Porte, who remains in the top-ten and leads the best young rider classification, well already some of us here at Cyclng Central are labelling the young Tasmanian as the next Stuart O'Grady!

The Aussie assembly line is travelling along nicely and as a lover of this great sport I'm enjoying it all.