Although born in The Netherlands, Patrick is an Aussie. He often raced with a Dutch licence during his career and has won 12 major European races in his career.
Patrick turned professional at the end of 1993 and teams include: 1993 WordPerfect, 1994 Novemail, 1995 and 1996 Once, 1997 to 1999 Rabobank, US Postal in 2000 (when injury ruled him out of the Tour) and Big Mat in 2001 and 2002.
He finished 12th overall at the 1996 Tour de France (Miguel Indurain was 13th and you will remember that as the year Bjarne Riis toppled Big Mig and a young up and coming Ullrich was second) and he is also a former Dutch and Australian time trial champion.
Many will know of Patrick’s great win in his final race as a professional, the Tour Down Under. It was a fairytale win for him in front of his hometown crowd and one that we will remember for years to come.