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Stuart O'Grady
Stuart OGrady, 2013 Peoples Choice Classic (cropped).jpg
O'Grady at the 2013 Down Under Classic
Personal information
Full name Stuart O'Grady
Nickname Stuey
Born (1973-08-06) 6 August 1973 (age 41)
Adelaide, Australia
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb; 11.5 st)
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter/Classics specialist
Professional team(s)
1995–2003
2004–2005
2006–2010
2011
2012–2013
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
2 individual stages (1998, 2004) + 2 TTT (2001, 2013)
Vuelta a España
2 TTT (2006, 2011)

Stage races

Tour Down Under (1999, 2001)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2003)
HEW Cyclassics (2004)
Paris–Roubaix (2007)

Stuart O'Grady OAM (born 6 August 1973) is a retired Australian professional road bicycle racer, who rode as a professional between 1995 and 2013.[2] A former track cyclist, O'Grady and Graeme Brown won a gold medal in the Men's Madison at the 2004 Summer Olympics. O'Grady also won Paris–Roubaix in 2007. O'Grady competed in the Tour de France since 1997 and contended for the points classification in the Tour de France known as the green jersey, finishing second in the 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2005 races. He wore the yellow jersey of general classification leader in 1998 and 2001.

With his participation in the 2013 Tour de France, he tied George Hincapie's record of 17 participations in the Tour de France. However, Hincapie was removed for three of his 17 starts for his part in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, giving O'Grady the outright record over Dutchman Joop Zoetemelk (16 starts from 1970 – 1986).[3] He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal.[4]

Early life and amateur career[edit]

O'Grady grew up as a part of a cycling family. His father represented South Australia in road and track cycling, and his uncle competed for Australian track cycling team at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. He started in track cycling and won a silver medal in the 4000m team pursuit at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona at age 18. In the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta he won bronze medals in both the points race and team pursuit. He was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.[5]

Professional career[edit]

He joined the GAN professional team, which included English time trial specialist Chris Boardman. This team became known as Crédit Agricole from 1999.

In the 1998 Tour de France, a race for which he confirmed to doping himself with illicit and proscribed erythropoietin,[6] he wore the yellow jersey for three days. He also won his first stage. In 2001 he wore the yellow jersey for six days. He was Australian Cyclist of the Year and Australian Male Road Cyclist of the Year in 1998 and 2001. In 1998 he finished second in the green jersey classification. On 6 July 2000, he pulled out of the Tour de France after breaking his collarbone in three places with 85 kilometres (53 mi) to the finish, he still finished the stage. In 2001, O'Grady had been in contention for the green jersey with Erik Zabel but he was defeated on the final day.

In 2001 he had a narrowing in the iliac artery. Tests showed his right leg produced more power than his left. After surgery in April 2002, he was again in contention in the 2002 Tour de France. In 2003 and 2004 he was overshadowed in the green jersey competition by fellow Australian sprinters Baden Cooke (2003) and Robbie McEwen (2004). O'Grady still managed to win his second Tour de France stage, in 2004.

O'Grady at the 2005 Tour de France.

O'Grady moved to Cofidis in 2004 to concentrate on races such as Paris–Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders. After a start fraught with injuries and doping allegations in his team, he won two stages and the points classification in the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré. He won a stage in the 2004 Tour de France and spent a few days in the green jersey. He won the UCI Road World Cup race, HEW Cyclassics. He topped his victories by winning an Olympic gold medal in the madison cycling with Graeme Brown.

In the 2005 Tour de France, O'Grady came second in the green jersey classification to Thor Hushovd of Norway, followed by Robbie McEwen. Late in 2005, he signed a one-year contract with Bjarne Riis to ride on Team CSC, now known as Saxo Bank, for 2006. He broke several ribs in an early season race in Italy and a vertebra in the Tour de France. O'Grady continued riding the Tour despite the pain, coming third in the final stage.

Early in 2007 O'Grady became the first Australian to win a major classic when he crossed the line first in Paris–Roubaix. He had a puncture midway but recovered to rejoin the field before arriving alone in the Roubaix velodrome.[7]

On 15 July 2007, O'Grady abandoned on stage 8 of the 2007 Tour de France, from Le-Grand-Bornand to Tignes, after crashing on a descent, fracturing eight ribs, his right shoulder blade, right collar bone and three vertebrae, and puncturing his right lung.[8]

O'Grady crashed 30 kilometres (19 mi) into the 2009 Milan – San Remo when another rider came down in front of him, he punctured his lung and suffered a broken right collar bone once again as well as a broken rib.[9]

On 8 August 2011, O'Grady announced that he had joined the new Australian team GreenEDGE for 2012.[1][10] He announced his retirement from professional cycling as a competitive rider on 23 July 2013, following the conclusion of the 2013 Tour de France.[11]

Doping[edit]

On 24 July 2013, O'Grady was named in the French Senate report detailing EPO use in the 1998 Tour de France as having returned a sample suspicious for EPO use.[12] He confirmed the same day in an interview with an Australian newspaper that he had taken EPO prior to the 1998 Tour de France, but stated that the arrests around that Tour scared him off doping in the rest of his career.[6]

This announcement has created some controversy amongst cycling fans, as Stuart O'Grady had been a vocal critic of the doping culture that existed in the late 90's and early 00's.[13][14] As a result of his doping admission, the Australian Institute of Sport indefinitely suspended O'Grady from its 'Best of the Best'. O'Grady had been inducted in 2006.[15]

Personal life[edit]

O'Grady set up and financially supports an Australian junior cycling development team, CSC Team O'Grady, which was established in 2005.

Stuart O'Grady is today a member of the ‘Champions for Peace’ club, a group of 54 famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization.[16]

Stuart's uncle, Robert Baird, is a former Australian cyclist who competed in the men's team pursuit at the 1964 Summer Olympics.[17]

Palmarès[edit]

1992
2nd Silver medal.svg 4000m Team Pursuit, Summer Olympics
1993
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Team Pursuit, Track World Championships
1994
Commonwealth Games
1st Gold medal blank.svg Team Pursuit
1st Gold medal blank.svg 10 Miles Scratch
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Points Race
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Individual Pursuit
1995
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Team Pursuit, Track World Championships
1996
1st Stage 3 Vuelta a Murcia
Summer Olympics
3rd Bronze medal.svg 4000m Team Pursuit
3rd Bronze medal.svg Points Race
1997
Herald Sun Tour
1st Stages 1, 6 & 8
1st Stage 5, Bayern-Rundfahrt
1st Points classification Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme
7th Gent–Wevelgem
1998
1st Overall PruTour Tour of Britain
1st Stages 2 & 7
Tour de FranceAssisted by illicit erythropoeitin use [6]
1st Stage 14
Held Jersey yellow.svgmaillot jaune for 3 days from Stages 4–6
1st Stage 2, Tour de Luxembourg
1st Stage 5, Tour du Poitou-Charentes
2nd GP Haribo
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Individual Time Trial Commonwealth Games
1999
1st Overall Tour Down Under
1st Stages 3 & 5
1st Haribo Classic
1st Stage 5 Prutour
2000
1st Stage 3 GP du Midi-Libre
2001
1st Overall Tour Down Under
1st Gouden Pijl Emmen
Tour de France
1st Stage 5 (TTT)
Held Jersey yellow.svgmaillot jaune from Stages 3–6 & 8–9
2002
Commonwealth Games
1st Gold medal blank.svg Road race
1st Gold medal blank.svg Team pursuit
2003
1st MaillotAustralia.PNG National Road Race Championships
Tour de Langkawi
1st Stages 6 & 8
1st Overall Centenaire classification Tour de France
3rd Overall Danmark Rundt
3rd Tour of Flanders
3rd Paris–Tours
2004
1st Gold medal.svg Madison Summer Olympics
1st HEW Cyclassics
Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Stages 5 & 7
1st GP de Villers-Cotterets
1st Stage 5 Tour de France
1st Stage 1 Post Danmark Rundt
1st Wiener Radfest
3rd Milan – San Remo
2005
2nd Overall Volta ao Algarve
3rd Overall Tour Down Under
4th Milan – San Remo
6th Rund um Köln
10th Gent–Wevelgem
2006
1st Stage 1 TTT Vuelta a España
2nd Overall Tour of Denmark
1st Points classification
2nd Züri-Metzgete
3rd Paris–Tours
2007
1st Paris–Roubaix
3rd Dwars door Vlaanderen
4th Milano–Torino
5th Milan – San Remo
5th Overall, Tour of California
5th Omloop Het Volk
9th E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
10th Tour of Flanders
2008
1st Overall Herald Sun Tour
1st Stages 2 & 5
5th Paris–Roubaix
8th Gent–Wevelgem
2009
2nd Overall Tour Down Under
2010
7th Mumbai Cyclothon
10th Overall Tour of Qatar
2011
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Vuelta a España
8th Paris-Tours
9th E3 Prijs Vlaanderen – Harelbeke
10th Milan – San Remo
2012
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tirreno–Adriatico
6th Olympic Road Race
2013
1st Stage 4 (TTT) Tour de France

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Aubrey, Jane (8 August 2011). "GreenEdge confirms O'Grady recruitment". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Wynn, Nigel (22 July 2013). "Stuart O'Grady retires from professional cycling". Cycling Weekly (IPC Media). Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Kogoy, Peter (29 June 2013). "Stuart O'Grady enters Tour de France record books as big names fall". The Australian. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Stuart O'Grady OAM". Cycling Australia. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Roll of honour – AIS Roll of Honour for the Olympics". Australian Institute of Sport. Australian Sports Commission. 9 January 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c Homfray, Reece (25 July 2013). "I doped for 1998 Tour de France, confesses Australian cycling star Stuart O'Grady". The Advertiser (Adelaide). Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ Val Migliaccio (30 July 2007). "I'll be back: O'Grady". Adelaide Now. 
  9. ^ "O'Grady recovering after surgery". Cycling Central. 24 March 2009. 
  10. ^ "O'Grady joins GreenEDGE cycling team". Sydney Morning Herald. 8 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Stuart O'Grady Announces Retirement" (Press release). Orica-GreenEDGE. 23 July 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "French Senate releases positive EPO cases from 1998 Tour de France". Cycling News. 24 July 2013. 
  13. ^ Homfray, Reece. "Stuart O'Grady says until now he had refused to believe doping claims against Lance Armstrong". News.com.au. 
  14. ^ Aubrey, Jane. "O'Grady: Doping Was Never an Option". Cycling News. 
  15. ^ "O'Grady suspended from AIS 'Best of the Best,". Australian Sports Commission News, 31 July 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Stuart O’Grady, Olympic Champion, World Champion, Cycling, Australia". Champions for Peace. Peace and Sport. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "Robert Baird Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 

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