Birthdate: June 24, 1972
Hometown: Brisbane, Australian
Robbie McEwen is considered one of the fastest sprinters in the world. A former junior Australian BMX champion, McEwen switched to road racing in 1990 at the age of 18. He was first selected for the Australian National Road Team in 1994. McEwen lives in Brakel, Belgium with his wife Angélique Pattyn and his son Ewan, and speaks Dutch fluently.
McEwen started his road cycling career in 1992 at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. He previously competed in the Road race at the 1996 Summer Olympics (placed 23rd) and the 2000 Summer Olympics (placed 19th). Also included on the Australian team for the 1994 UCI Road Cycling World Championship in Italy, and the 2002 UCI Road Cycling World Championship in Belgium where he won a silver medal. McEwen was selected for the Australian cycling team at the 2004 Summer Olympics and named 2002 Australian Cyclist of the Year, 2002 Male Road Cyclist of the Year and 1999 Australia Male Road Cyclist of the Year.
He started the 2007 Tour de France with a victorious sprint on stage 1 to Canterbury. The stage win was seen as remarkable as he had crashed with 20km to go. He landed on his wrist and elbow but with the help of his team he clawed his way back to the bunch to win the sprint by over a bike length. McEwen will make a return to the 2010 Tour after missing the 2009 event due to injury.
1st, Stage 1, Tour de France, 2007
1st, Stage 5, Tour de Suisse, 2007
1st, Sprint Classification, Tour de France, 2006
1st, Stage 2, 4, 6, Tour de France, 2006
1st, Sprint Classification, Tour de France, 2004
2nd, Sprint Classification, Tour de France, 2003
1st Overall, Grote Scheldeprijs, 2002
1st Overall, Delta Profronde, 2002