THIS WEEK'S GUEST - 7th August 2013
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Robbie McEwen

Robbie McEwen is an Australian former professional road cyclist. He last rode for Orica-GreenEDGE on the UCI World Tour, and is now a technical advisor for the team. As a triple winner of the Tour de France's green jersey sprinters' classification, at his peak he was considered one of the fastest sprinters in the world.

A former junior Australian BMX champion, McEwen switched to road racing in 1990 at 18. He was first selected for the Australian national road team in 1994. McEwen lives in Australia with his wife Angélique Pattyn, son Ewan, and daughters Elena and Claudia. He retired after riding the 2012 Tour of California.

McEwen started road cycling at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra under the A.I.S. road cycling coach Heiko Salzwedel. The first signs of his sprinting prowess on the international stage were at the "Peace Race", winning three stages for the Australian National team.

He competed in the road race at the 1996 Summer Olympics and the 2000 Summer Olympics. He was also included on the Australian team for the 1994 UCI Road Cycling World Championship in Italy, and the 2002 UCI Road Cycling World Championship in Belgium where he won a silver medal. McEwen was again selected for Australia at the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of the road race team of Michael Rogers, Stuart O'Grady, Baden Cooke and Matthew White.

McEwen was named 2002 Australian Cyclist of the Year, 2002 Male Road Cyclist of the Year and 1999 Australia Male Road Cyclist of the Year. McEwen has participated in the Tour de France 12 times, in 1997 and enjoyed 12 stage wins. In 1999 on stage 20 he won the sprint in Paris on the Champs-Elysées.

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