20 January 2014

Photo for the Day - Robbie McEwen

Photo for the Day Series

I am inspired to share some random photos I have taken over the years. And so begins the Photo for the Day Series, which will run for 76 days, ending appropriately on April 6, 2014, 4-years after this blog first began (first inspired by the Paris-Roubaix classic bike race in France). My photo series will feature one main photo and sometimes a couple extra bonus shots when appropriate.

Photo for the Day #1

In honor of the Tour Down Under which begins tomorrow in Adelaide, Australia, which to me marks the start of the 2014 road bike racing season, here is a photo of the great sprinter Aussie Robbie McEwan (born in Brisbane), on his final day(s) of retirement.

Robbie McEwen is no longer technical adviser to team Orica-GreenEDGE, instead he will be assisting Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen with race commentary for this week's 2014 Tour Down Under. You can also follow Robbie on Twitter @mcewenrobbie.

Robbie McEwen will be running a 10-day VIP trip to the Giro d'Italia this year in case you have an extra $9,890 AUD ($8,723 USD) in cash burning a hole in your pocket. He will also continue operating his clothing and chamois creme line, and doing more freelance commentary.  I suppose he has to get out there before Jens Voigt retires and snatches up all the commentary jobs. Read more at VeloNation: End of McEwen’s role with Orica GreenEdge.     click any image to enlarge

Robbie McEwen's final podium at the Amgen Tour of California in 2012.  Photo by Karen Rakestraw at Pedal Dancer
And more ...
Robbie McEwen scanned the crowd from the podium and knew it was his last.  Photo by Karen Rakestraw at Pedal Dancer
Robbie's farewell wave to the crowd from the sign-in stage before his last race.  Photo by Willie Richenstein for Pedal Dancer
Robbie's last call up for his final stage departing Beverly Hills, CA in May 2012. Photo by Willie Richenstein for Pedal Dancer
Perhaps that moment Robbie knew his retirement two days later would be welcomed. Photo by Willie Richenstein for Pedal Dancer

For news on the Tour Down Under: Tour Down Under Official Website or Steephill Tour Down Under page

Also read The Great Australian Road Trip, a journey 2000 miles from Brisbane to Adelaide, just to attend a bike race.

This week, everyone is talking about the newest Australian sprinting marvel - Caleb Ewan:  Tour Down Under: Caleb Ewan earmarked for greatness