Phil Anderson (cyclist)

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Phil Anderson (cyclist) : biography

20 March 1958 –

Philip Grant Anderson OAM (born 12 March 1958) is an Australian former professional racing cyclist who was the first non-European to wear the yellow jersey of the Tour de France.


Phil Anderson was born in London but moved to Melbourne, Australia, when he was young. He grew up in the suburb of Kew and graduated from Trinity Grammar School in 1975. He first raced with Hawthorn Cycling Club, where Allan Peiper, another future professional, was also a member.Cycling Weekly, UK, 21 November 1992 Peiper said: "Phil went to a private school and joined the club with his mate, Peter Darbyshire. My best friend was Tom Sawyer, later a six-day racer in Europe, and we were the two rough nuts, while Phil and Darbs were the two upper-class boys".

Retirement and honours

Anderson retired to a farm he bought in Jamieson and has what he calls the life of a gentleman farmer. He was given the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1987 for service to cycling. In 2000, he received the Australian Sports Medal and in 2001 he received a Centenary Medal for service to society through cycling.

Private life

Anderson has married twice, first to Anne, whom he married just after turning professional, and then Christi Valentine, who in 1999 wrote Anderson’s biography, Phil Anderson: Cycling LegendLothian Books, UK, ISBN 0-85091-933-9 Anderson and Valentine married on 29 April 1994 and separated in 2005. Herald Sun 13 December 2006.

Tour de France results

Anderson won two stages of the Tour: Stage 2: Basle – Nancy in 1982, and stage 10: Rennes – Quimper in 1991. Tour de France placings and awards include:

  • 1981: 10th overall, First non-European cyclist to wear the Tour de France general classification leader’s yellow jersey
  • 1982: 5th overall, 1st (Stage 2), yellow jersey for 9 days, winner of the young rider classification
  • 1983: 9th
  • 1984: 10th
  • 1985: 5th
  • 1986: 39th
  • 1987: 27th
  • 1989: 38th
  • 1990: 71st
  • 1991: 45th 1st (Stage 10)
  • 1992: 81st
  • 1993: 84th, 6th (Stages 7 and 20)
  • 1994: 69th, 4th (Stage 20)

Career highlights

1978 Commonwealth Games
1st, Amstel Gold Race
2nd, Tour de Romandie and 1 stage win
3rd, Liège–Bastogne–Liège
1st, Züri-Metzgete
1st, Rund um den Henninger Turm
1st, Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme
2nd, Liège–Bastogne–Liège
3rd, Super Prestige Pernod International
1st, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st, Tour de Suisse and 3 stage wins
1st, Rund um den Henninger Turm
1st, E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
2nd, Tour of Flanders
2nd, Gent–Wevelgem
2nd, Super Prestige Pernod International
1st, Paris–Tours
3rd, Giro di Lombardia
1st, Milano–Torino
1st, Danmark Rundt
2nd, Tour of Flanders
1st, Tour de Romandie
3rd, Liège–Bastogne–Liège
1 stage win, Giro d’Italia
1st Inter-Giro Classification
1st, Tour of Britain and 2 stage wins and King of the Mountains
1st, Semaine Cycliste Intl.
1st, Tour Mediterranean
1 stage win, Tour DuPont
1st, Criterium Holland
1st, Tour of Ireland
1st, Stages 5, 7 and 9, Tour DuPont
1st, Tour of Britain
1st, GP Impanis
1st, Tour of Sweden
1994 Commonwealth Games
15px Gold, Team Time Trial (with Dennis Brett, Henk Vogels, Damian McDonald)

Amateur career

Anderson, who had a reputation as an amateur for crashing, won the Tour of New Zealand in 1977 and the Australian team time-trial championship at Brisbane in 1978. with R. Sansonetti, S. Sansonetti and A. Goodrope In that year he also won the Commonwealth Games road race in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He was 19.