Parent and spouse watch

Robbie McEwen has been enjoying his parents' company in the Tour. Mr and Mrs McEwen had come half way around the world to support their son. As a token of his gratitude, Robbie offered his parents a short holiday in a spa-resort in Switzerland while the Tour peloton races some mountain stages. "I won the holiday package in the Tour of Switzerland and now my parents can use it to unwind," Robbie told TV1.

Mrs Angelique McEwen has seen her husband take two victories while taking a holiday on the Belgian coast. She told HLN, "I've been shopping with Ewan, with Robbie's bankcard. When the cat's away...(laughs). I'm a real stress-chicken. Robbie is the strong one, I admire him for that. I mainly have to listen to him and stay calm. If what happened to him - being DQ'd - was done to me, I would have scratched the jury's eyes out. But Robbie remains cool. He's going for the stage wins now as a lot needs to happen for Boonen to lose the green.

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