Wednesday, July 24, 2013

STUEY O'GRADY ! Self Destruct ?

Miserable news hits the Internet today ! Stuey O'Grady having kept company with Matt White
and David Millar , during his Pro World cycling Career , reveals that he was doing what they chose to do during their careers !


My first contact with Stuey was in the Cholet to Chatellerault Etappe , at the France TV3 Compound in the Arrival area on that Wednesday night . He had just been moved into the " Maillot Jeune " through a combination of good fortune and serendipity ! I had the previous night , had the good fortune to meet a France TV3 Employee , who recognising a  " story " , introduced me to a colleague , who quickly scheduled a meeting point , at the start of the day's Etappe in Cholet . During the day he popped up several times , along the route and reminded me where to find the TV3 Personnel area at the " Arrivee "!

Whilst awaiting decisions , i was given hospitality in an area that abutted the " Winner's Area " , thus reached over the Wire barrier to shake hands and congratulate a sheepish looking Stuey . He seemed to be bewildered with his good fortune . The following evening he was a lot more at ease with his " role " , when i again greeted him . Friday night after a day of being trailed by a car , loaded with TV3 Personnel , i again got to greet him . Amusingly my " Team " returned from a meeting , and decided that they needed " film " of the Two of Us together . You can imagine that scene , Stuey in the Maillot Jeune , wondering " WTF is going on here ?" Already shaken hands with this old goat "!

Later in the 1998 TDF , i was in Grenoble when Stuey won the Etappe on the Sunday , arriving in front of a heavy Thunderstorm which then continued into the next day , that saw Pantani win the Etappe in Des2Alp , after a waterlogged day including the Galibier .

Over the years i have bumped into Stuey in a variety of situations , one occasion coming to mind , is the rest Day in Bordeaux . I had ridden out of the Hotels Complex , that morning with the USPS team , with all but Lance  making the Rest Day training ride . Along the way i was twisting the tail of Paulo Salvodelli , since the " Italian Diving Team " had put the Aussies out of the World Soccer Cup . The other Team guys joined in the banter and an amusing training ride around the area continued . returning to the Hotels Complex near  the Racecourse , i then joined the T-Mobile Team spending some time chatting with Vinky  amongst others on that ride .

After Lunch , i happened on Stuey as he started a lone ride . On asking to join , he said he would prefer to listen to the music he had brought along with him . No loss to me , as we were some way out of the Bordeaux Old Town , which i was planning to visit .

Another occasion was the Vuelta Rest Day when i had ridden out of town with the FDJ Team and happened on the group , containing the Schlecks , Cancellara and Stuey , that was taking coffee by the beach . Seems they were discussing LeOpard business , so i was shooed off .

With 16 seasons at the " Le Tour " , i have had plenty of occasions to see Stuey in Action . It has also been my pleasure to meet him at several Olympic Road Races and World Championships .

Below is his Palmeres , copied from elsewhere  :

Age: 39
From: Ingle Farm, South Australia
Lives: Luxembourg/Adelaide
Teams: GAN/Credit Agricole, Cofidis, CSC/Saxo-Bank, Leopard, Orica-GreenEDGE
6 Olympic Games
1 Olympic Gold Medal
1 Olympic Silver Medal
2 Olympic Bronze Medals
1 Paris-Roubaix Title
4 Commonwealth Gold Medals
17 Tours de France
4 Tour de France stage wins
2 Tour Down Under titles
1992: Makes Olympic debut at the age of 18 in Barcelona and wins a silver medal in the team pursuit
1993: Wins team pursuit world title
1995: Turns professional with French team GAN, later known as Credit Agricole
1996: Wins two bronze medals at the Atlanta Olympics
1997: Makes his Tour de France debut
1998: Rides the Tour de France for the first time, wins Stage 14 and wears yellow jersey for two days
1999: Wins inaugural Tour Down Under
2001: Wears yellow jersey at the Tour de France for five days
2003: Wins national road race title
2004: Wins Olympic gold in Athens with Graeme Brown in the madison
2007: First Australian to win one-day Classic, Paris-Roubaix
2010: Guides Andy Schleck to overall victory at the Tour de France
2012: Joins Australia's first WorldTour team, Orica-GreenEDGE and competes in his sixth Olympics in London
2013: Rides a record-breaking 17th Tour de France as Orica-GreenEDGE wins the team time trial. Announces his immediate retirement after the Tour and admits to taking EPO before the 1998 Tour de France.

With this Career behind him , it comes as a GREAT SHOCK to many , that he chose not to defy his " accusers " since the nature of the French Senate Enquiry was to " Speculate " rather than to state emphatically the names revealed were GUILTY of DOPING !

Earlier in the year i created a " Petition " ,   
  to allow Racers to reveal their " Past Indiscretions " , but NOONE seems to be willing to see OMERTA Broken , thus starting the HEALING Process that is required to SAVE ROAD RACE CYCLING from the coming STORM !
I also wrote a letter to the Australian Governor General trying to create the right atmosphere for confessions such as Stuey is now offering :
Will we NOW see more Aussie Racers follow his example ?

My Tweets to Stuey today :

  1. Hey Stuey , remember when we met in TV3 TDF 1998 , i said i had no time for " Dopers " & YOU give me cold shoulder SINCE
  2. Remember me riding with You in Nice 2013 asking You to guard REP of Gerrans? Guess French Senate changes Career Options?

    Could be said that i was taking advantage ?

    Personally i WISH that People had chosen to use the " Petition " or something similar !

    Cycling Sport will now get more of a KICKING and more BAD PRESS !

    Some of the articles , currently highlighting his " Confession ":

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