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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 June 2005, 19:18 GMT 20:18 UK
Robbie McEwen
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Robbie McEwen
DOB: 24/6/1972
Nationality: Australian
Best Tour: Green jersey - 2002/2004
Aside from Lance Armstrong, few people were beeming more readily on the Champs-Elysee at the end of July 2004 than Robbie McEwen.

The Australian has long made the green jersey - the prize for the race's leading sprinter - his ultimate goal.

And last year he finally achieved it, 12 months after being edged out in the tightest of finishes with countryman Baden Cooke.

Having also got two stage wins in 2004, he will be the sprinters' marked man.

McEwen has made it clear the Tour will be his major goal of the year.

This season, things started quietly for the perky Aussie, whose trademark is to pull a wheelie at the top of the Tour's toughest ascent.

His first outing of the current campaign saw him seal three stage wins on the Tour Down Under. But since then has done very little.

He first made his name as a BMX rider before making his way among the sport's elite.

Prior to that, his highlight came with the final stage victory on the Champs Elysees in the 1999 Tour de France, the most sought-after win of the race for the fast finishers.

He has lost some friends in the peloton, however, with his aggressive style in the sprints.


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