Stuart O'Grady


Stuart O'Grady OAM was born 6 August, 1973 in Adelaide, South Australia. Nicknamed Stuey. He is an Australian professional cyclist on his last and 17th UCI Tour de France. He and fellow Australian Graeme Brown won the Gold Medal in the Men's Madison at the 2004 Olympics. O'Grady also won the p restigious Paris-Roubaix one day classic in 2007

O'Grady has ridden the Tour de France since 1998 and contended for the classification points finishing second in 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2005. He wore the Maillot Jaune (Yellow Jersey), as general classification leader in 1998 and 2001.

Stuart 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 Australia at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. He started in track cycling and won a silver medal in the 4000m team pursuit at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. At the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, he won Bronze Medals in both the Points Race and Team Pursuit.

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

In the 1998 Tour de France he wore the yellow jersey for three days and also won his first stage. In 2001 he wore the Maillot Jaune for five 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. 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 with tests showing 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).

Stuart O'Grady managed to win his second Tour de France stage, in 2004.