Historic Overview Baden Cooke

Rider

Overall Rank788
NameBaden COOKE
Country
  Australia
Date of birth12-Oct-1978 - Benalla (Victoria)
ContemporiesView Contemporary Ranking

Biography

Baden Cooke

Baden Cooke (born 12 October 1978) is an Australian retired professional racing cyclist, who competed professionally between 2000 and 2013.

Born in Benalla, Victoria, Cooke began competitive cycling at 11. He completed secondary school at Galen College in Wangaratta, Victoria, and was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.

His professional career began with the Mercury team in 2000, though he found racing in Europe to be more challenging than initially expected. Nevertheless, he adapted. He was more successful during that debut season in Australia and America, where he won stages of the Herald Sun Tour and the Sea Otter Classic, respectively. Having moved to the French team Française des Jeux in 2002, Cooke competed in the Commonwealth Games that year, finishing third behind fellow Australians Stuart O'Grady and Cadel Evans. He also participated in the Tour de France in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2012. In 2003 he won the Green jersey which is the Points classification in the Tour de France by two points in a tight finish on Stage 20 on the Champs-Élysées with fellow Australian sprinter Robbie McEwen second and O'Grady seventh in the final points classification. In 2004 Cooke came 12th in the points classification.

Cooke represented Australia in the road race at the 2004 Summer Olympics along with McEwen, Michael Rogers, O'Grady and Matt White.

Cooke raced 2006 and 2007 for Unibet.com. He joined Barloworld for 2008 but in 2009 moved to Dutch cycling team Vacansoleil. Cooke announced on his website that he will ride for Team Saxo Bank in 2010 – he continued with that team in 2011, before moving to the new GreenEDGE team for the 2012 season. After the 2013 season, Cooke retired.

After retiring, Cooke announced that he was moving into rider management. In January 2014 he became the agent of former team-mate and winner of the 2013 Vuelta a España Chris Horner. He subsequently also became agent for Michael Matthews, Gert Steegmans and Janez Brajkovič.

He recently purchased a stake in Factor bikes and Black Inc wheels.

source - Wikipedia

Badges

Major Victories

Dwars door Vlaanderen 2002
G.P. d'Ouverture - La Marseillaise 2004, 2006
Tro-Bro Léon 2002
G.P. de Fourmies 2003
Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp 2003, 2007
Tour de Suisse - stages 2003 (1)
Tour de France - stages 2003 (1)
G.P. du Midi-Libre - stages 2002 (1)
Etoile de Bessèges - stages 2007 (1)
Tour Down Under - stages 2003 (2), 2004 (1), 2007 (1)
Driedaagse De Panne - stages 2004 (1)
Tour de Wallonie - stages 2006 (1)
Tour de Pologne - stages 2005 (1)
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Seasons

Baden Cooke - Scores by Season


YearTeamScoreRank
1. 2000 Mercury Cycling Team - Mannheim Auctions 52 597
2. 2001 Mercury - Viatel 111 430
3. 2002 La Francaise des Jeux 1025 42
4. 2003 Fdjeux.com 971 47
5. 2004 Fdjeux.com 509 118
6. 2005 Francaise des Jeux 578 103
7. 2006 Unibet.com 627 86
8. 2007 Unibet.com 442 134
9. 2008 Barloworld 297 225
10. 2009 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 121 409
11. 2010 Team Saxo Bank 258 244
12. 2011 Saxo Bank Sungard 351 206
13. 2012 Orica GreenEdge 165 372
14. 2013 Orica GreenEdge 50 709
Overall: 5557 788