Iddo Snowy Munro and Don Kirkham were the first Australians that had taken part in the rides at the 3 weeks Tour which was a classic. It has been a century since they rode. It was a line up by Australia that was in honor of having completed a 100 years at the Tour De France.
The stars chosen to lead the cycling event were Phil Anderson and Cadel Evans. Apart from this Stuart O’ Grady has been a noted omission and will not be a part of the team of Australia for the Tour.
Stuart O’ Grady had made a confession the previous year to have doped. And it is the very reason that has probably made him sit back and he is not a part of the team that has nine players. Stuart had won two stages and also won the yellow jersey for leading the team. His career had been great until he accepted his doping after his retirement in 1998.
The team had been announced in Melbourne at the annual awards function for Australia Cycling. The function saw a celebration and praised Cadel Evans for his performance and outstanding career. Cadel also received a standing ovation at the function in honor of the great 20 year career he has had. Cadel has been the only Australian that has won the Tour along with his 2011 victory.
The team for the Tour which consists of nine people was divided into defined roles and Cadel and Phil were naturally the ones who were chosen as the classification riders. The man who had got the team green jersey thrice in the Tour, Robbie McEwen was the most obvious choice for being the team sprinter. Sir Hubert has been chosen as the captain of the team and Simon Gerrans who has worn the yellow jersey and also won many tour stages is going to be the all rounder for the team.