Gregory Henderson (born 10 September 1976) is a New Zealand former professional track and road racing cyclist who last rode for UnitedHealthcare. His career includes winning the 15-kilometre (9.3-mile) scratch race at the 2004 world championships and, in road cycling, winning the points competition at the Tour de Georgia in 2005 and 2008.

Greg Henderson
UCI Track World Championships 2018 154.jpg
Henderson in 2018
Personal information
Full nameGregory Henderson
NicknameHendo
Born (1976-09-10) 10 September 1976 (age 43)
Dunedin, New Zealand
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight72.5 kg (160 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
Discipline
  • Road
  • Track
RoleRider
Rider type
  • Sprinter
  • Lead-out man
Professional team(s)
2002–20037 UP–Maxxis
2004–2006Health Net–Maxxis
2007–2009T-Mobile Team
2010–2011Team Sky
2012–2016Lotto–Belisol
2017UnitedHealthcare
Major wins
Vuelta a España, 1 stage
Paris–Nice, 2 stages
Philadelphia International Championship (2006)
Scratch Race World Champion (2004)
National Criterium Championships (1999, 2001, 2004, 2005)
Sprint classification Tour de Georgia (2005, 2008)

Henderson rode in five Olympic Games and completed 11 Grand Tours.[1] He also competed in four Commonwealth Games and was a four-time medallist, including winning gold in the points race in 2002.[2] During an important part of his career, he served as André Greipel's main lead-out man, and they have been colleagues at both T-Mobile Team and later Lotto–Soudal.

In addition to 17 New Zealand track and road titles and eight World Cup track golds, Henderson has been New Zealand Track Cyclist of the Year (2001, 2002, 2003) and Athlete of the Year, Otago, New Zealand (2001, 2002, 2003).

CareerEdit

Track cyclingEdit

At the 1998 Commonwealth Games Henderson won bronze medals in the 40-kilometre (25-mile) points race and the 4-kilometre (2.5-mile) team pursuit.[3][4]

He won gold in the 40-kilometre (25-mile) points race[5] and bronze again in the 4-kilometre (2.5-mile) team pursuit[6] at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.[4]

He won the 15-kilometre (9.3-mile) scratch race at the 2004 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.[7]

At the 2004 Summer Olympics he finished fourth in the points race and seventh in the madison.[8]

His best placing in the 2006 Commonwealth Games was 10th in the scratch race.[9][4]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics he finished tenth in the points race and the madison.[8]

Road cyclingEdit

In 2005, he won the points competition at the Tour de Georgia and International Tour de 'Toona. In 2006, he recovered from early injuries and won the inaugural Pro Cycling Tour (PCT) Reading Classic.

In 2009, he won the Clásica de Almería in Spain, the second stage of Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia, and the third stage of the Vuelta a España on his Grand Tour debut.[10][2]

In 2010, he won the first stage of the Paris–Nice. In 2011, he won stage 2 of Paris–Nice and stage 3 of the Tour of California.

Henderson left Team Sky at the end of 2011, and joined Lotto–Belisol, mainly to act as lead-out man for Andre Greipel.[11] He credited his success in this role to the positioning skills which he developed as a track rider, and having to compete against quicker road sprinters such as Greipel, Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel.[2] In April 2015, he expressed his opinion on Twitter that Fabio Aru of rival team Astana missed the Giro del Trentino not because of illness as it was announced, but because he had an ongoing investigation into his biological passport for doping. Henderson apologised shortly after.[12] He competed in the 2016 Tour de France.[13]

In August 2017 Henderson announced his retirement from competition, having competed in his last race, the 2017 Colorado Classic, and indicated that he would move into full-time coaching, having trained athletes since 2014.[2] The following month he was announced as Endurance Performance Director for USA Cycling.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to the Australian cyclist Katie Mactier. He has a bachelor's degree in Physical Education from the University of Otago.[1]

Major resultsEdit

RoadEdit

1996
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
1997
1st   Time trial, National Under-23 Road Championships
1998
1st   Time trial, National Under-23 Road Championships
1999
1st   National Criterium Championships
Tour of Wellington
1st Stages 3 & 10
2000
1st Stage 2 Tour of Wellington
National Road Championships
2nd Road race
2nd Time trial
2nd Omloop van de Vlaamse Scheldeboorden
2001
1st   National Criterium Championships
1st Stage 5 Bay Classic Series
2002
1st Tour de Loveland
2003
1st Stage 7 Tour of Southland
2004
1st   National Criterium Championships
Tour of Southland
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 1 (TTT), 8 & 10
2005
1st   National Criterium Championships
Tour of Southland
1st Stages 1 (TTT), 4, 9 & 10
International Tour de Toona
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 2 & 7
1st   Sprints classification Tour de Georgia
2006
1st Philadelphia International Championship
1st Reading Classic
1st Stage 7 Tour of Wellington
1st Stage 5 Tour of Southland
2nd Overall Bay Classic Series
1st Stage 1
6th Road race, Commonwealth Games
2007
5th Overall Tour of Qatar
2008
Tour de Georgia
1st   Sprints classification
1st Stages 3 & 7
7th Scheldeprijs
2009
1st Clásica de Almería
1st Stage 3 Vuelta a España
1st Stage 2 Vuelta a Murcia
1st Stage 7 Volta a Catalunya
2nd Philadelphia International Championship
5th Overall Three Days of De Panne
2010
1st Cancer Council Helpline Classic
Tour of Southland
1st Stages 1 (TTT), 4 & 9
1st Stage 1 Paris–Nice
1st Stage 3 Ster Elektrotoer
1st Stage 4 Eneco Tour
2nd Overall Bay Classic Series
1st Stage 2
3rd Overall Tour Down Under
3rd Overall Tour of Britain
1st   Points classification
1st Stage 2
4th Scheldeprijs
2011
1st Stage 2 Paris–Nice
1st Stage 3 Tour of California
National Road Championships
2nd Road race
3rd Time trial
3rd Paris–Bourges
2012
1st Stage 1 Bay Classic Series
7th Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
9th Cancer Council Helpline Classic
2013
2nd Overall Bay Classic Series
3rd Cancer Council Helpline Classic
2014
1st Stage 2 Ster ZLM Toer
3rd Ronde van Limburg
4th Overall World Ports Classic
7th Road race, Commonwealth Games
2015
2nd Overall Bay Classic Series
1st Stage 4
10th People's Choice Classic
2016
6th Overall Tour of Turkey

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
  Giro d'Italia DNF 88 DNF
  Tour de France 124 162 DNF DNF 155
  Vuelta a España 123 DNF 133
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

TrackEdit

1998
Commonwealth Games
3rd   Points race
3rd   Team pursuit
1999
National Championships
1st   Team pursuit
1st   Points race
UCI World Cup Classics, Mexico City
2nd Team pursuit
3rd Madison
2000
1st   Team pursuit, National Championships
2nd Six Days of Nouméa
2001
Goodwill Games
1st Points race
1st Madison
1st   Points race, National Championships
2002
Commonwealth Games
1st   Points race
3rd   Team pursuit
UCI World Cup Classics, Sydney
1st Team pursuit
1st Madison
3rd Points race
2003
1st   Madison, National Championships
UCI World Cup Classics, Sydney
1st Scratch
3rd Points race
2nd Madison, UCI World Championships
2004
1st   Scratch, UCI World Championships
UCI World Cup Classics, Aguascalientes
2nd Scratch
2005
2004–05 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics, Sydney
1st Team pursuit
3rd Scratch
2nd Scratch, UCI World Championships
2006
Oceania Games
1st Points race
1st Scratch
1st   Points race, National Championships
2006–07 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics, Sydney
2nd Points race
2007
Oceania Championships
1st   Madison
2nd Points race
2nd Scratch
2007–08 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics, Sydney
1st Points race

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Greg Henderson joins USA Cycling as Endurance Performance Director". cyclingnews.com. 14 September 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Greg Henderson confirms retirement". cyclingnews.com. 16 August 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  3. ^ "1998 Commonwealth Games Track Competition" Malaysia 16–19 September 1998 cyclingnews.com
  4. ^ a b c Greg Henderson olympic.org.nz
  5. ^ McManus, Gerry (2 August 2002). "2002 Commonwealth Games Men's Points Race". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  6. ^ McManus, Gerry (1 August 2002). "2002 Commonwealth Games Men's Team Pursuit". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  7. ^ Sawford, Mal (28 May 2004). "2004 World Track Championships Melbourne, Australia, Men's Scratch Race". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  8. ^ a b Greg Henderson Archived 30 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine sports-reference.com
  9. ^ 2006 Commonwealth Games Men's Scratch Race melbourne2006.com.au
  10. ^ Clarke, Les (31 August 2009). "Henderson surprise winner in Vuelta's Venlo stage". Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  11. ^ van Eyck, Xylon (14 September 2011). "Henderson exits Sky to join former team-mates at Lotto-Ridley". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  12. ^ Clarke, Stuart (24 April 2015). "Aru to take legal action over Henderson tweets". Cycling Weekly. IPC Media Sports & Leisure network. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  13. ^ Long, David (2 July 2016). "Kiwi cyclist Greg Henderson looks to lead the way again at Tour de France". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 3 July 2016.

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