Birthday: August 6, 1973
Hometown: Adelaide, South Australia
Stuart O’Grady, nicknamed Stuey, grew up as a part of a cycling family. He started his career in track cycling, and most notably won a silver medal in the Men’s Team Pursuit (4000m) of the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
O’Grady’s most important victory on the road yet came in April 2007 when he won the Paris-Roubaix, the "Queen of the Classics", the first Australian to do so. O’Grady was not a pre-race favourite, having not won on the Pro Tour circuit since 2004, but found himself alone with 23 kilometers remaining. He sustained the gap over the chasing groups, which included Boonen and Flecha, and soloed into the Roubaix velodrome. After crossing the line he said "I was going to win today or die trying," showing his dedication after a frustrating 2005 season, to return to the top of sport by winning of its most fabled races.
O’Grady has participated in the Tour de France since 1998, and he has contended for the prestigious sprinters’ maillot vert (green jersey) on several occasions, finishing second in the 1998 and 2005 edition of the race. He has also worn the maillot jaune (yellow jersey) of the race leader in the 1998 and 2001 edition of the Tour.