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 !
HE BUCKLED UNDER THE STRAIN , IN AN EFFORT TO PERFORM !
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 :