Australia has become a reference in elite cycling, partly due to the evolution of Mitchelton-Scott, a team that competes in the maximum international category since its first season on the road in 2012. During its six Vuelta participations, the Australian team has rarely left the Spanish territory empty-handed, accumulating eleven 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: Simon Yates in Luintra/Ribeira Sacra; Jens Keukeleire in Bilbao, Magnus Cort Nielsen in Gandía and Madrid and the 6th place in the overall classification with Simon Yates. His brother, Adam, was the positive note of the Australians’ participation in La Vuelta 2017, finishing second in the classification for the tour’s best young rider.
Overall victories : 0
Stage victories : 11
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 in Sierra de Cazorla.
2015: Caleb Ewan in Alcalá de Guadaira.
2016: Simon Yates in Luintra. Ribeira Sacra.
2016: Jens Keukeleire in Bilbao
2016: Magnus Cort Nielsen in Gandía and in Madrid.
Leader jersey : 9 days
2014: Michael Matthews 3 days;
2015: Esteban Chaves, 6 days
Victories in secondary classifications : 1
2012: Simon Clarke (mountain)
8 : number of Australians with a stage victory in La Vuelta (Donald John Allan, Michael Wilson, Simon Gerrans, Christopher Sutton, Simon Clarke, Michael Matthews, Adam Hansen and Caleb Ewan).
May 9th, 1975 : Donald John Allan becomes the first Australian to win a stage in La Vuelta, in Bilbao.
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).
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