In recent years Britain has become the dominant nation on two wheels, which must be quite unsettling for the Aussies, with their strong and proud cycling culture.
Britain’s ability to extend its success from track to road has been helped by TeamSky, the professional team that helped Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins and now Chris Froome rise to the top, which was - and remains - closely linked to the Team GB set-up.
For the last few years Australia’s equivalent team – Orica-GreenEDGE – has been trying to emulate the Brits, boasting a majority Aussie roster and a good haul of stage wins.
So it’s perhaps unsurprising that the two teams have set up their own equivalent to the Ashes – a best-of-five ‘battle’ challenge.
The first battle sees their riders play rock-paper-scissors. There’s even a sly attempt at gamesmanship from one of the Aussie riders…
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