Is this Australia’s Tour de France team of the century?

Drum roll... the selection is in. And here is the team they came up with... Note the notable omissions my favourite old boys Kirkham and Mockridge. On the whole, probably a stronger, more balanced squad than mine. Less sentimental and more modern. It's true, I probably overlooked Mark Renshaw somewhat... The team: Two riders for the general classification – Cadel Evans, Phil Anderson Two domestiques to support general classification riders – Richie Porte, Michael Rogers One sprinter – Robbie McEwen Two leadout men for the sprinter – Brad McGee, Mark Renshaw One all rounder – Simon Gerrans One team captain – Sir Hubert Opperman

21 Nov 2014
Is this Australia’s Tour de France team of the century?

Interestingly, I wrote a similar - but more historical - piece for my Eurosport blog one day later and made a couple of tweaks. Cadel Evans, Phil Anderson / Mick Rogers, Don Kirkham / Robbie McEwen / Baden Cooke, Adam Hansen / Russell Mockridge / Simon Gerrans Here's the link: https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/blazin-saddles/blazin--saddles--australia-celebrates-a-century-in-the-tour-160022503.html Having slept on it, I'd made some more changes - swapping Baden Cooke for Simon Gerrans and then drafting in Oppenman as team captain.

21 Nov 2014
Is this Australia’s Tour de France team of the century?

Think you may have missed the part about doping, which makes O'Grady, Stephens and Hodge ineligible. Peiper rode five Tours and completed three. He was solid if unspectacular - a possible for the domestique role, but competition was too high!

21 Nov 2014
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