This years TdF has highlighted the opportunity that Australian cycling is wasting in not having an Australian team for the Grand Tours. Before the TdF, Simon Gerrans misses out because he is not Spanish, during the TdF Heinrich Hausler identifies that he has ridden under a German licence because Milram's aim is to support German riders, during the TdF Silence Lotto (is relieved?) to identify that next year they will have Belgian leader for a Belgian team. For the next TdF, the Poms will have a national based team (supported by the UK based American Rupert Murdoch) to give their up and coming crop of riders a solid base for success. Instead of being cannon fodder for other national teams they will ride for each other and make the most of their abilities. The USA recognised this years ago - does anyone think that Lance Armstrong would have won seven tours (or even one) if he was riding for Silence Lotto or some other non American team? Time to pull the finger out and fund the team.