SANT FELIU DE GUIXOLS, SPAIN - MARCH 21: Michael Matthews of Australia and Team BikeExchange - Jayco celebrates at finish line as stage winner during the 101st Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2022 - Stage 1a 171km stage from Sant Feliu de Guíxols to Sant Feliu de Guíxols / #VoltaCatalunya101 / #WorldTour / on March 21, 2022 in Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Aussies Aussies Aussies: All-Star Line Up Locked In For 2023 Santos Tour Down Under

The strongest contingent of Australian WorldTour riders are set to race in front of a home crowd at the 2023 Santos Tour Down Under.
After several years racing in Europe, Ben O’Connor, Michael Matthews and Simon Clarke will headline the Australian contingent for the 2023 Santos Tour Down Under, with numerous other big name male & female riders to be announced soon.

Since joining AG2R Citroën Team at the start of 2021, Ben O’Connor’s career has gone from strength to strength.

The 26 year-year-old is one of only four Australians to have finished the Tour de France in the top five after finishing fourth in 2021 and is widely considered amongst the top contenders for the maillot jaune in 2023.

Ben O’Connor will be another of the big-name Aussies at the 2023 Santos Tour Down Under.

This year will mark Israel – Premier Tech’s Simon Clarke’s 12th appearance at the Santos Tour Down Under, his first since 2018. The veteran rider secured arguably his biggest career win in the cobbled stage five of this year’s Tour de France.

Fellow 2023 Tour de France stage winner Michael Matthews makes his returns to the Tour Down Under for the first time since 2014.

The GreenEDGE Cycling rider secured a gritty Tour de France stage win this year, overcoming challenging 40-degree weather on stage 14, and finished his year on a high after finishing third at the 2022 UCI World Championships in September.

A number of other Australian riders, including Jai Hindley (Bora-hansgrohe), Simon Clarke (Israel – Premier Tech), Luke Plapp (INEOS Grenadiers), Michael Hepburn (GreenEDGE Cycling) and Luke Durbridge (GreenEDGE Cycling), have already confirmed they will be racing at the Santos Tour Down Under next year.

Santos Tour Down Under Race Director Stuart O’Grady said it has been an incredible time for Australian cycling.

“We have watched these riders doing amazing things on the world stage for the past few years so it will be exciting for Australian fans to see them up close in January,” O’Grady said.
“These riders, like many young Aussies, had some of their first WorldTour experiences at the Santos Tour Down Under and it is great to see that as their career’s progress and grow, they want to come back and be part of this race.
“It’s really important to have these local role models to show the next generation of Australian cyclists that this is a dream they can chase.”

Remaining rider announcements will be made in the coming weeks. Please visit for more information.

The Santos Tour Down Under is taking place in Adelaide and regional South Australia from 13-22 January 2023. It will feature nine days of UCI WorldTour men’s and women’s racing. Bicycling Australia will be there to deliver full day-by-day coverage of the Women’s & Men’s Races along with all the off course action.


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