Alex Edmondson

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Alex Edmondson
Alex Edmondson.jpg
Edmondson at the 2016 Tour of Britain.
Personal information
Full name Alexander Edmondson
Nickname Edmo
Born (1993-12-22) 22 December 1993 (age 24)
Miri, Malaysia
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Team information
Current team Mitchelton–Scott
Discipline Track and Road
Role Rider
Rider type Sprints, team pursuit
Professional team(s)
2016— Orica–GreenEDGE
Major wins

Single-Day Races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2018)

Alexander Edmondson (born 22 December 1993) is an Australian track cyclist who was in the Australian Olympic Track Cycling Team 2012 London Olympics, alongside his sister, Annette Edmondson. In 2014 he was world champion in the individual pursuit. He won the silver medal in the team pursuit at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Early life and amateur career[edit]

Edmondson was born above a Chinese coffee shop in Borneo. He lived in both the Netherlands and the Sultanate of Oman before returning to Australia at the end of 1998. Alex and his sister both attended St. John's Grammar School, in the Adelaide Hills. At the age of 18, Edmondson became the 2nd youngest cyclist ever to be selected for an Australian Olympic Team.[1] With his sister Annette they became the first brother and sister combination to be selected to represent Australia at the same Olympics. For recognition of his achievements Edmondson was awarded a scholarship with the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.[1] In 2013 he won the South Australian Sports Star of the Year award. Previous winners have included Lleyton Hewitt, Sir Donald Bradman and Malcolm Blight. In March 2014 Edmondson competed in the 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Cali, Colombia winning two World Titles in the individual pursuit and team pursuit. A few months later Edmondson won the Gold Medal in the team pursuit at the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow. He is also a dual Junior World Champion where his records still stand today.[citation needed][when?]

Professional career[edit]

Edmondson in 2017.

In January 2015 it was reported in the Adelaide Advertiser that Alex had signed his first UCI World Tour contract with Australian road cycling team Orica-GreenEdge for seasons 2016 & 2017

I know I have achieved a fair bit at a young age, but I want to be remembered as a true sportsman, someone who always gave their all and never forgot those who have helped me achieve my results. I also want to be remembered for making time for younger athletes and being supportive of them. I know from personal experience how much impact having a mentor can have on a young athlete starting out

— Alexander Edmondson[citation needed]

Edmondson believes it's critical that he is a champion both on and off the bike, and has become increasingly involved in community events since he returned from the Olympics. Edmondson volunteers his time at local high schools mentoring and speaking with students encouraging them to get the best out of themselves. He talks about goal setting, pain is a short term hindrance and how important challenging yourself is.[citation needed] He has been a guest speaker at a number of events, including the Australian Cycling Executives (ACE), Cancer Council Breakfast, AOC Talk with a Champ program and also an event called the Faces of the World Dinner for 400 people promoting multiculturalism and strength in diversity within South Australia.

He was named in the start list for the 2017 Giro d'Italia.[2]

Major results[edit]

2011
UCI Junior Track World Championships
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Team pursuit
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Madison
National Track Championships
1st MaillotAustralia.PNG Team pursuit
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Madison
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Omnium
UCI Track World Cup
1st Gold medal blank.svg Madison – Kazakhstan
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Team pursuit – Kazakhstan
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Madison, Oceania Track Championships
2012
1st MaillotAustralia.PNG Team pursuit, National Track Championships
1st OceaniaChampionJersey.png Madison, Oceania Track Championships
UCI Track World Cup
1st Gold medal blank.svg Team pursuit – London
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Team pursuit – Beijing
2013
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Team pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
National Track Championships
1st MaillotAustralia.PNG Points race
1st MaillotAustralia.PNG Team pursuit
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Individual pursuit
2014
UCI Track World Championships
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Individual pursuit
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Team pursuit
Commonwealth Games
1st Gold medal blank.svg Team pursuit
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Individual pursuit
National Track Championships
1st MaillotAustralia.PNG Omnium
1st MaillotAustralia.PNG Madison
1st MaillotAustralia.PNG Individual pursuit
1st MaillotAustralia.PNG Team pursuit
1st Stage 6 Tour of Gippsland
2015
1st MaillotAustralia.PNG Team pursuit, National Track Championships
1st Ronde Van Vlaanderen Beloften
2nd Road race, National Under–23 Road Championships
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Team pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
9th Overall Paris–Arras Tour
2016
National Track Championships
1st MaillotAustralia.PNG Points race
1st MaillotAustralia.PNG Stratch race
1st MaillotAustralia.PNG Team pursuit
2nd Silver medal olympic.svg Team pursuit, Olympic Games
2nd Dwars door de Vlaamse Ardennen
3rd Overall Paris–Arras Tour
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Team time trial, UCI Road World Championships
2018
1st MaillotAustralia.PNG Road race, National Road Championships

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2017
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia DNF
A yellow jersey Tour de France
A red jersey Vuelta a España
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sport Australia Hall of Fame – Scholarship profile – Alexander Edmondson". Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "2017: 100th Giro d'Italia: Start List". Pro Cycling Stats. Retrieved 2 May 2017. 

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