Aussie Stuart O’Grady Admits To Using EPO

SYDNEY, July 25, 2013 (AFP) - Newly-retired Australian cycling great Stuart O'Grady has admitted to using the banned blood-booster EPO before the 1998 Tour de France, reports said Thursday. The confession comes just three days after the 39-year-old Olympic gold medalist and 17-time Tour rider announced his retirement from the sport. "Leading into the Tour I made a decision, I … [Read more...]

Stuart O’Grady Announces Retirement From The Professional Peloton

Stuart O’Grady has announced his retirement from the professional peloton today. While Australia’s first Classics champion, six-time Olympian and inaugural Tour Down winner had originally stated his intention to retire next year, O’Grady has opted to readjust his plans on the heels of a historical Tour de France for ORICA-GreenEDGE. “I’ve always wanted my career to end with something … [Read more...]

Stuart O’Grady Re-Signs With ORICA-GreenEDGE for 2014

Stuart O’Grady has re-signed with ORICA-GreenEDGE for the 2014 season. Australia’s first Classics champion, six-time Olympian and inaugural Tour Down Winner will retire after the Tour de France next year. “I have been getting asked more and more when I’m going to retire,” said O’Grady. “I’m quite relived to have settled it. I’ll race next year, and, if all goes to plan, my … [Read more...]

Stuart O’Grady Previews Paris-Roubaix

No Rest For The Weary In Roubaix 2011

Mention Paris-Roubaix and it evokes an outpouring of emotion ranging from pain to exhaustion to elation. It is a cycling extravaganza. It is the Hell of the North. The Queen of the Classics. A Sunday in Hell. A Monument. The “modern day” cobbled sectors, the deciding elements of the race, are steeped in history dating back to 1967 when the race began utilising more sections of pavé. The … [Read more...]

O’Grady Comes Full Circle As Team Dig Deep On Tour

by Justin Davis MACON, France, July 10, 2012 (AFP) - Racing the Tour de France, at least for Stuart O'Grady, is not like fine wine -- it doesn't necessarily get better with age. But for the Aussie veteran who has been chasing stages, green jerseys, yellow jerseys and suffered as much pain as joy in 13 previous campaigns, there's a bonus this year -- riding with a fully-fledged … [Read more...]

Australian Police Probe O’Grady Assault Claims

ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 16, 2012 (AFP) - Australian police said Monday they were investigating allegations that cycling star Stuart O'Grady assaulted a chauffeur while on a night out with friends. O'Grady, one of the longest-serving Aussies in the professional peloton and a former Paris-Roubaix champion, strongly denied the claims which first appeared in an Adelaide newspaper on … [Read more...]

Aussies Savour “Historic” Moment

Written by: Justin Davis ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 14, 2012 (AFP) - Australia's steady rise up the world cycling hierarchy will reach its peak on Sunday when the GreenEdge team makes its debut at the Tour Down Under. Since the pioneering Phil Anderson became the first non-European to wear the Tour de France yellow jersey in 1981, Australians have been consistently ranked among … [Read more...]

GreenEdge Adds Belgian Classics Hopefuls To Roster

PARIS, Sept 9, 2011 (AFP) - Australian cycling outfit GreenEdge have added up-and-coming Belgian Jens Keukeleire to their line-up, it was announced on Friday. GreenEdge are set to become the first Australian-registered team in the elite peloton and hope to acquire a UCI ProTour licence in order to compete in the 2012 season -- which should be helped by the signing of top names so far. … [Read more...]

O’Grady Confirms That He Has Signed With Team GreenEdge

Experienced campaigner Stuart O'Grady has signed a two-year contract with GreenEdge, the nascent Australian team which is aiming for a UCI WorldTour license starting in 2012. O'Grady, a former winner of Paris-Roubaix and one of the most respected Grand Tour riders in the peloton, said he could not miss out on the opportunity to race with a team from his homeland. "To ride for an … [Read more...]

Schlecks Shrug Off Crashes On Tour’s 10th Stage

CARMAUX, France, July 12, 2011 (AFP) - Tour de France challengers Andy and Frank Schleck got a taste of a regular dish at this year's race, but survived a minor crash to finish the 10th stage of the race unhindered Tuesday. Spain's reigning champion Alberto Contador has crashed four times in the first nine stages, injuring his knee, while Bradley Wiggins of Britain and Belgian Jurgen van den … [Read more...]