Robbie McEwen is an Australian former professional road bicycle racer. He last rode for Orica-GreenEDGE on the UCI World Tour in 2012. As a triple winner of the Tour de France's green jersey sprinters' classification at his peak he was considered one of the fastest sprinters in the world. A former Australian BMX champion, McEwen switched to road racing in 1990 at 18. He raced as a professional from 1996 until 2012.
After 4 years of moving through the regional, state & national levels of cycling McEwen started at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra under the A.I.S. road cycling coach Heiko Salzwedel. The first signs of his sprinting prowess on the international stage were at the "Peace Race", winning three stages for the Australian National team.
He competed in the road race at the 1996 Summer Olympics (23rd) and the 2000 Summer Olympics (19th).
McEwen was again selected for Australia at the 2004 Summer Olympics (11th) as part of the road race team.McEwen was named 2002 Australian Cyclist of the Year, 2002 Male Road Cyclist of the Year and 1999 Australia Male Road Cyclist of the Year. After spending 16 seasons racing for foreign teams (Dutch - Rabobank & Farm Frites, Belgian - Lotto, Russian - Katusha, USA - RadioShack) in September 2011 he signed the new Australian team GreenEDGE, which obtained a ProTeam licence for the 2012 season.
McEwen has participated in the Tour de France 12 times along with 12 stage wins.
In 2002 McEwen became the first Australian to win the Maillot vert (green jersey) overall Points (or Sprint) Classification of the Tour de France. By 2006, McEwen had won the sprinters' green jersey points competition three times in this race, in 2002, 2004 and again in 2006, defeating rivals such as fellow Australians Baden Cooke and Stuart O'Grady, and international competitors like Erik Zabel of Germany,Tom Boonen of Belgium and Thor Hushovd of Norway.
In 2012, he announced that the Tour of California would be the last professional race of his career.
He struggled to reach the finishing line of the mountain stages in the gruppetto. He humorously said after his arrival on the final stage in Los Angeles: "This was a good race to pick as my last because I suffered so much this week I won't miss it." He was awarded the "Most Courageous Rider" jersey at the end of the race to commemorate his last day of professional cycling
McEwen lives in Australia with his Belgian wife Angelique Pattyn, his son Ewan, and his daughters Elena and Claudia. In 2011 he published an autobiography, One Way Road. He retired from the World Tour after riding the 2012 Tour of California.
Robbie now works part-time as a tv commentator, brand ambassador for Bikebug, corporate guest speaker and has a line of cycling apparel - RMC along with an all natural chamois cream that is available in stores & online.