Baden Cooke successful the second stage of the 2003 Tour de France, forward of lots of large names from years previous and, in some way, inexplicably, an Euskaltel Euskadi rider within the combine (?!)
Former Australian professional Baden Cooke is competing on the present collection of Australian Survivor.
Filmed in Cloncurry, in far-northern Queensland, this iteration of Australian Survivor pits two groups towards one another – ‘Brains’ vs ‘Brawn’. Cooke, a brawny former athlete, is on workforce ‘Brains’.
Three episodes in, that appears a safer place to be. Staff Brawn struggled on the common survival primary of ‘making hearth’, and fielded a contestant that didn’t even pack a jacket.
In the meantime, an Instagram crochet id is the one member of Staff Brains to be despatched packing up to now. Staff Brains could have hearth, however that’s not the one factor raging: in episode two, Cooke butted heads with teammate George, labelling him each “delusional” and “the fifth-strongest man”.
He additionally tussled with Australian Soccer League legend Gavin Wanganeen (Staff Brawn, voted out in a brutal tribal council, RIP).
Cooke, 42, had a 13-year professional profession, most prominently as a rider for Française des Jeux within the early 2000s.
In 2003 he received a stage of the Tour de France. That yr, he additionally received the inexperienced jersey competitors after a sustained battle with fellow Australian Robbie McEwen, lastly snatching it again off his shoulders within the remaining dash on the Champs-Élysées.
After stints with UniBet.com, Barloworld, Vacansoleil, and SaxoBank, Cooke’s swansong was two years with Australian workforce Orica-GreenEdge.
After retiring as an expert bike owner, Cooke retained ties with the game, working as a rider agent, and as a co-owner of Issue bikes. As of June 2021 he’s additionally the gross sales director at a cybersecurity agency.
The Australian shouldn’t be the primary ex-cyclist to seek out later-era fame on actuality tv.
US mountain biker Gretchen Reeves appeared within the Amazon Prime collection Eco-Problem Fiji, alleged home abuser Mario Cipollini had a stint on Ballando con Le Stelle – Italy’s Dancing With The Stars – and Michael Rasmussen did the identical with the Danish model of the franchise.