Australia has become a reference in elite cycling, partly due to the evolution of Team BikeExchange, a team that competes in the maximum international category since its first season on the road in 2012. During its nine Vuelta participations, the Australian team has rarely left the Spanish territory empty-handed, accumulating 12 triumphs with seven different riders so far.
The Aussie to kick off the victory tally for the oceanic team was Simon Clarke who, after winning at Valdezcaray, continued fighting until the very last moment in the 2012 Vuelta, where he took home the King of the Mountain jersey. A very promising Michael Matthews would win two stages in the Spanish Tour at Lagos de Sanabria and Arcos de la Frontera, while Caleb Ewan and Esteban Chaves, this one twofold, would complete a dreamy first week for the Australians in 2015. The Colombian rider would then go on to finish 5th in the general classification, after becoming one of the great revelations of the race, wearing the red leader jersey for six days. A status that Chaves consolidated in 2016 reaching the 3rd step of the final podium in Madrid. A great overall result that the team completed with four stage victories: Jens Keukeleire in Bilbao, Magnus Cort Nielsen in Gandia and Madrid; and Simon Yates in Luintra/Ribeira Sacra. It was precisely the oldest of the Yates twins who obtained the first Grand Tour for the team in La Vuelta 18, leading from La Covatilla and defending La Roja for 11 stages, with incredible performances at Les Praeres and Andorra Naturlandia.
- Final victory1
- Stages victories12
- Red jerseys9
- Other race Won1
Overall victories: 1
2018: Simon Yates
Stage victories: 12
2012: Simon Clarke in the Estación de Valdezcaray
2013: Michael Matthews in Lago de Sanabria and in Madrid.
2014: Michael Matthews in Arcos de la Frontera.
2015: Esteban Chaves in Caminito del Rey and Sierra de Cazorla; Caleb Ewan in Alcalá de Guadaira.
2016: Simon Yates in Luintra. Ribeira Sacra; Jens Keukeleire in Bilbao; Magnus Cort Nielsen in Gandía and Madrid.
2018: Simon Yates in Les Praeres. Nava.
Leader jersey: 9 days
2014: Michael Matthews 3 days.
2015: Esteban Chaves, 6 days.
2018: Simon Yates, 11 days.
Victories in secondary classifications: 1
2012: Simon Clarke (mountain)
24: Up until May 2018, Simon Yates had never been the leader in the general classification of a Grand Tour. Since then, the Bristish rider has been leader of the Giro and La Vuelta for a total of 24 days.
- August 21st, 2012: Simon Clarke wins on top of Valdezcaray and gives the first stage win to Orica-GreenEdge in their first year as a World Tour team.
- August 25th, 2014: Michael Matthews wears the red jersey, five years after Cadel Evans and nine years after Bradley McGee (first Australian).
- September 16th, 2018: Simon Yates becomes the first rider in the Oceanic team to win La Vuelta.
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