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O'Grady retires as one of Australian sport's best

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SENATOR THE HON DON FARRELL Minister for Sport Minister Assisting for Tourism


23 July 2013


Minister for Sport Don Farrell today paid tribute to the remarkable career of veteran Australian cyclist Stuart O’Grady, who retired from the sport after completing his 17th Tour De France.

“Stuart is one of the true international stars of Australian sport,” Senator Farrell said.

“He has been a consistent performer at the highest level since he arrived on the international stage as an 18-year-old at the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992.

“That he retires from cycling as a 39-year-old after a record-equalling 17 appearances in the iconic Tour De France is testament to his longevity and commitment to his sport.”

O’Grady’s career highlights include wearing the yellow jersey in the 1998 and 2001 Tour De France. He also won the 2007 Paris-Roubaix and a gold medal in the Madison at the 2004 Olympic Games with Graeme Brown.

His victory in the Paris-Roubaix was particularly remarkable given he recovered from a crash and puncture to become the first Australian to win one of the ‘monuments’ of the sport, the gruelling one day cycling classic.

O’Grady is also a member of the Australian Institute of Sport’s ‘Best of the Best’ Hall of Fame.

O’Grady grew up in a cycling family in Adelaide and has maintained a strong connection to his home town both as an international road cyclist and as a former No.1 ticket holder for AFL club Port Adelaide.

“For many South Australians, Stuart’s victory in the inaugural Tour Down Under in 1999 was particularly special and his contribution to cycling in his home state has been extraordinary,” Senator Farrell said.

“He has competed in every Tour Down Under, winning it again in 2001, and his willingness to support the event has played a part in making it the internationally successful road cycling race it has become.

“For a man as loyal as Stuart is to his hometown and country, it is fitting that he retires from the sport as a valued member of Australia’s own professional road cycling team Orica-GreenEDGE.

“I wish Stuart all the best in his retirement.”

Media contact: Tom Zed (Minister Farrell) 0408 778 058.