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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Aussie class in France

Following an exceptional Giro, where Australian riders took quite a few stages and were represented in pink over quite a few days during the first week, the Aussies are prepping for a charm offensive on the world's biggest bike stage. The Tour Down Under (I don't consider Jacob's Creek worthy of a mention ;-) will be represented in the Caravan (by some strange cycling Kangaroo) following Jean-Marie Blanc's very positive impression during his visit down under for their tour earlier this year.

But expect the Aussie riders to steal the show. McEwan looks red hot right now and ready to mix it up with the best in the business sans Petacchi and Freire. Cadel Evans will be looking to mix it up with the GC boys, O'Grady will be breaking away, Baden Cooke, Henk Vogels, Matt White (although I read somewhere that he might not be going), McGee the list goes on and on. I wonder if this year is a record for the number of English speakers in the TdF peloton.

Not only that, but even the queen is thinking of Australian's on bikes. In addition to Sir Phil's MBE, Cycling Australia President, Mike Victor, along with gold medal winning pilots at the Athens Paralympics, Robert Crowe and David Short have been awarded Order of Australia Medals (OAM).