Australian Stuart O’Grady has announced his immediate retirement from professional cycling. The 39-year-old Orica-GreenEdge rider has just completed his 17th Tour de France, and has decided that the time is right to hang up his cycling shoes.

“I’ve always wanted my career to end with something truly special and this year’s Tour de France has given me that,” said O’Grady via a team statement issued on Monday afternoon.

“We’ve had a great race, and I’m really proud of what we accomplished. Winning a stage and standing on the podium with all my teammates after the team time trial in Nice was a dream come true for me this late in my career, and to be able to defend the yellow jersey for Simon [Gerrans] and Daryl [Impey] was special. I’m extremely happy to have had a chance to do that one more time before I retired.”

O’Grady says that he wishes to spend more time with his family after 23 years as a pro cyclist.

“Originally, I wanted to keep going, but I’ve kept thinking that this is the year. We reached big goals as a team at the Tour, and I’m proud to finish my career after an amazing experience with an incredible team. I’m turning 40 very soon, and I’ve realized there are things in my life that I want to prioritise,” he said.

O’Grady’s victories since turning professional with Gan in 1995 include two Tour de France stages, Paris-Roubaix and two overall wins in the Tour Down Under. He was also a gold medallist in the Madison at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and has won four Commonwealth Games gold medals on the road and track.

O’Grady has competed in every Tour de France since his debut in the race in 1997.





Stuart O’Grady winning Paris-Roubaix in 2007





Riding with CSC






Leading the break in the 2011 Tour Down Under





O’Grady in the London 2012 men’s road race





Third from left: O’Grady was part of Orica-GreenEdge’s 2013 Tour de France stage winning team time trial squad

Stuart O’Grady: Career highlights

2008

Herald Sun Tour; overall classification

Herald Sun Tour; stage five

Herald Sun Tour; stage two

2007

Paris-Roubaix



2006

Vuelta a España; stage one (TTT)

Eindhoven Team Time Trial

2005

Tour de France; second, points classification

2004

Olympic Games; gold, men’s madison

Tour of Denmark; stage four

Tour de France; stage five

Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré; points classification

Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré; stage seven

Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré; stage five

GP de Viller-Cotterêts

2003

Tour de Langkawi; stage eight

Tour de Langkawi; stage six

Australian National Championships; road race

2002

Commonwealth Games; road race

2001

Tour de France; second, points classification

Tour de France; leader, stages three to nine

Tour de France; stage five (TTT)

Tour Down Under; overall classification

2000

GP du Midi Libre; stage three

Melbourne to Sorrento

1999

Tour de France; second, points classification

Pru Tour (Tour of Britain); stage five

Classic Haribo

Tour Méditerranéen; stage 3b (TTT)

Tour Down Under; overall classification

Tour Down Under; stage five

Tour Down Under; stage three

1998

Tour de France; second, points classification

Tour de France; stage 14

Tour de France; leader, stages four to six

1996

Olympic Games; bronze, men’s points race

Olympic Games; bronze, men’s team pursuit

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Stuart O’Grady: Rider profile