Phil Anderson to visit New Zealand
Phil Anderson, the first Australian rider (and first non-European) to win the prestigious yellow jersey in the Tour de France is coming to New Zealand. For the first time since he won the Dulux tour in 1977 Phil Anderson is coming back to New Zealand as the Patron and guest speaker at the first international Vet’s Cycle Tour of New Zealand, Easter 2007.
Anderson is well known for being the first Australian rider (and first non-European) to win the prestigious yellow jersey in the Tour de France. His daring challenge of the French favourite, Bernard Hinault and his exploits on the road, are stories full of pain, fierce determination and excitement. Ultimately Phil Anderson won the yellow jersey 11 times and rose to number one in the world. He was also awarded the white jersey as best young (under 25) rider in 1982.
Anderson won the Gold Medal in the 1978 Commonwealth Games Road Race in Canada. His professional cycling career began in 1980 and lasted for fifteen years, retiring at the end of the 1994 season. He had over 90 professional victories in his career.
Phil Anderson rode his last professional race in 1994 with the Motorola team. It was fitting that when Anderson's career was nearing its end, the professional career of another rider on his Motorola team, Texan Lance Armstrong, was taking off the same his did in 1980"To have someone like Phil Anderson at any New Zealand cycling event is a privilege. Most of us follow his cycling career very closely and he was an inspiration to many young New Zealand and Australian riders.
Many will benefit with his visit because they will hear from him some great stories of what’s is like to ride and wear the leaders jersey in the Tour of France" said Jorge Sandoval, event organiser.
Phil Anderson is currently in Australia and looking forward to his New Zealand visit "I have many memories from friendly hospitality back during the Dulux Tour I did a few years back in the 70s. I'm really looking forward to my Easter visit and overseeing the Inaugural Vets Cycle Classic stage race as event patron. I hope to be able to go for a bit of a pedal to work off the jet-lag from the Tasman crossing". Anderson said.
Phil Anderson will be the guest speaker at the official dinner on Saturday 7th April at the Solway Park in Masterton.
For more information please contact;
Jorge Sandoval – Event Organiser; 0274 464 300
Phil Anderson; 0061 3 52370296 or Mobile 0061 417531186
More information about Phil Anderson www.philanderson.com.au