|Full name||Gene Bates|
4 July 1981 |
Stirling, South Australia, Australia
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||61 kg (134 lb; 9.6 st)|
|2008-2009||Drapac Porsche Cycling|
Bates began his professional career in 2006 with the Italian team LPR Brakes. In 2003 Bates won the Australian Under 23 road championship, and he joined Crédit Agricole for a period as a stagiaire. This did not lead to a professional contract so he served a further period as a stagiaire for Saeco the following year. In the 2006 Tour Down Under he finished 5th overall. He also put in a strong showing at the Tour de Langkawi, finishing second in a stage behind Laurent Mangel.