Stuart OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Grady confirmed on December 23 that he will compete at the 2010 Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“As the inaugural Santos Tour Down Under winner in 1999 and a great South Australian sports star, Stuart is a big favourite with the crowds,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Mike Turtur, Santos Tour Down Under Race Director.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is always special to watch OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Grady riding in the peloton in his hometown and it is great news that he will be fit enough to ride.Ã¢â‚¬Â
OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Grady is one of the true champions of cycling with a decorated career filled with many victories on the track and road. As a gold medal winning Olympian and the first Australian to ever win the Paris-Roubaix in 2007 he is a force to be reckoned with.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“StuartÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s accomplishments at the Paris-Roubaix and Tour de France should not be forgotten. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s won Tour de France stages and worn the famous yellow jersey, as well as consistently putting in epic rides to support his teammates,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Mike Turtur.
Once rivals for the Tour de France Green sprinterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s jersey, Baden Cooke will join OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Grady in the Saxo Bank team in 2010.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Baden is a welcome return and an asset to the spectacle of the race. In 2003, he won the Tour de France green jersey by two points in a tight finish on the Champs-Ãƒâ€°lysÃƒÂ©es with McEwen second and O’Grady seventh. It will be interesting to see this friendly Aussie rivalry reunited,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Mike Turtur.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is great, as always, to have Jens Voight back racing in Adelaide. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a true cycling professional and has massive respect in the peloton.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Team Saxo BankÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s team for the 2010 Santos Tour Down Under will be led by Team Manager, Brad McGee (AUS), and includes Anders Lund (DEN), Jens Voight (GER), Baden Cooke (AUS), Stuart OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Grady (AUS), Jose Juan Haedo (AGR), Frank HÃƒÂ¸j (DEN) and Kasper Klostergarrd (DEN)
The 2010 Santos Tour Down Under will be held in Adelaide and regional South Australia from 17-24 January 2010. For more information, visit www.tourdownunder.com.au.