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Stuart O’Grady, recovered from ski injuries, to start Tour Down Under

Stuart O’Grady (Team Leopard-Trek) has recovered from skiing injuries and will start the Santos Tour Down Under later this month, the race organizers announced Thursday. “O’Grady is a household name in Australia, and cycling fans will be delighted to know that he is returning to the race this month with…

Stuart O’Grady (Team Leopard-Trek) has recovered from skiing injuries and will start the Santos Tour Down Under later this month, the race organizers announced Thursday.

“O’Grady is a household name in Australia, and cycling fans will be delighted to know that he is returning to the race this month with his new outfit Team Leopard-Trek,” race director Mike Turtur said.

“Stuey has recovered from the broken ribs he sustained in a ski accident last month and has confirmed he is fit to ride in (stage 1 start city) Adelaide.”

O’Grady, the 2007 Paris-Roubaix champion, was born in Adelaide and is a two-time winner of the Tour Down Under.

Team Leopard-Trek for Tour Down Under: Stuart O’Grady (AUS), Martin Kristen Mortensen (DEN), Davide Vigano (ITA), Martin Pedersen (DEN), William Clarke (AUS), Stefan Denifl (AUT), Bruno Manuel Silva Pires (PRT). Sport director: Lars Neiendam Michaelsen (DEN).