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Phil Anderson
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Personal information
Full name Philip Grant Anderson
Nickname Skippy, Dr Teeth
Date of birth 20 March 1958 (1958-03-20) (age 51)
Country Australia Australia
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Professional team(s)1
Major wins
White Jersey, Tour de France 1982
Amstel Gold 1983
Dauphine Libere 1985
Championship of Zurich 1984
Grand Prix of Frankfurt 1984, 1985
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1 Team names given are those prevailing
at time of rider beginning association with that team.

See also Philip Warren Anderson, physicist.

Philip Grant Anderson OAM (12 March 1958—)[1] is an Australian former professional racing cyclist who was the first non-European to wear the yellow jersey of the Tour de France.[2]



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 Citizen's Youth Club, where Allan Peiper, another future professional, was also a member[3]. 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." [3]

Amateur career

Anderson, who had a reputation as an amateur for crashing [3], won the Tour of New Zealand in 1977[4] and the Australian team time-trial championship at Brisbane in 1978[5][6]. In that year he also won the Commonwealth Games road race in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. [3][4] He was 19.

He moved to France in 1979 to join the ACBB [3], a club at Boulogne-Billancourt in the suburbs of Paris with a reputation of placing riders in professional teams, particularly Peugeot. There he won the Tour de l'Essone, the Tour de l'Hérault and the amateur version of the unofficial world time-trial championship, the Grand Prix des Nations, in Cannes. [3][4][7]

Professional career

Anderson turned professional in 1980, for Peugeot, one of the oldest French teams. He won two races in his first season - the Prix de Wetteren and a stage in the Étoile des Éspoirs, and came second in two others. He moved to Lokeren, Belgium, to ride criteriums.

It was a big change; I'd never lived out of home before, so that was a big difference, and then there's the length of the races; you know all of a sudden you're riding 200km a day instead of back here you'd be racing 80 or 100km a day; huge fields, you turn up at a race and you'd have 200 riders, 250 riders. It's difficult because I was on a French team, and I felt that the French riders got priority, and I had to go a bit deeper or had to be a little better than some of my colleagues on the team. But that hardened me, and put pressure on me, and I think became part of my make-up in the end.[8]

He came fifth in the 1982 Tour de France, in which he held the white jersey of best young rider, and again fifth in 1985, the year he won the Tour de Suisse. That same season he finished second in the Super Prestige Pernod, forerunner of the UCI points championship. His highlights were wearing the yellow jersey of the Tour de France in 1981 and then again for nine days of 1982. He was the first rider from outside Europe to lead the race. Anderson described what it meant in 1981:

It happened in the Pyrenees. This was my first Tour de France. I didn't have aspirations of becoming the wearer of the yellow jersey or anything like that. I was given my instructions and I was supposed to look after a rider on my team, the team leader, a Frenchman, and I forgot my instructions and just sort of went in to survival mode over a number of mountain passes, just staying up with some of the top riders, and before I knew it, my team director came up beside me in his car and told me, 'Listen, what happened to your leader, the guy that you've been instructed to watch today?' you know. And to help if he has any troubles, or just pace him back if he's having some troubles. And I said, 'Oh gee, that's right. Where is he?' And he said, 'he's five or ten minutes back, in the next group.' I said, 'No worries I'll wait up for him.' He said, 'No, no, stay up here, you're doing OK, just stay out of trouble and try and hang on as long as possible.'
So hang on I did, and whistled down the next mountain and got to the last climb and I stayed up with Bernard Hinault; there was one rider, a Belgian rider, Lucien van Impe rode away, an excellent climber, he rode away and so we came in a couple of minutes later, but I had enough time from some good days previously, that I climbed into the yellow jersey, and I had no idea of what the sort of yellow jersey represented, because I mean there's so much history to it, and for me it was just like, 'Oh yes, great, I don't have to wash my old jersey tonight, you know, get a new one'. But really, you're sort of at the highest level of the sport.


His best year was 1985, when he won the Tour of the Mediterranean, Tour of Catalonia, Dauphiné Libéré and the Tour of Switzerland, as well as finishing second in the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Ghent-Wevelgem. He continued to ride the Tour until 1989, when he came 38th, but by then he had arthritis. In 1990 he joined the American team, Motorola - "Speculation has it that he took a big pay cut; maybe that is what turned into motivation which resulted in his comeback to the big league," said Peiper[3] - and he won the Tour of the Mediterranean and the Tour of Sicily and stages of the Tour of Switzerland and Tour de France. [3] He also won a criterium series in Britain.

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.[10] In 2000, he received the Australian Sports Medal[11] and in 2001 he received a Centenary Medal for service to society through cycling.[12]

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 Legend[13] Anderson and Valentine married on 29 April 1994 and separated in 2005[14]. They have a son, Aidan, born 16 January 2000.

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:


Career highlights

Tour de France, 1 stage win, awarded white jersey for winner of the young rider classification
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, Catalan Week
2nd Liège-Bastogne-Liège
3rd Super Prestige Pernod Trophy
1st, Dauphiné Libéré
1st, Tour de Suisse and 3 stage wins
1st, Rund um den Henninger Turm
1st, E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
2nd, Ronde van Vlaanderen
2nd, Gent-Wevelgem
2nd, Super Prestige Pernod Trophy
1st, Paris-Tours
3rd, Giro di Lombardia
1st, Milano-Torino
1st, Danmark Rundt
2nd, Ronde van Vlaanderen
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

See also


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