Cadel Evans

Cadel Evans is an Australian road cyclist who in 2011 became the first Australian cycling to win the Tour de France, after finishing runner-up in the 2007 and 2008 editions of the race.

Evans’ consistent form over recent Tours had failed to transpire into an eventual general classification victory, and many considered the then-34-year-old Evans’ best days to be behind him.

But a tenacious performance through the gruelling Pyrenees in the latter sections of the race set the stage for Evans to take a strangehold on the race after a dominant time trial on the penultimate stage put paid to his main challenger for the title, Andy Schleck.

Cadel Evans began his cycling career as a mountain bike rider, graduating from the Australian Institute of Sport before winning the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in 1998 and 1999 and finishing seventh at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

He then switched full-time in 2000 to begin his career as a professional road cyclist, competing for Saeco, Quickstep and Team Telekom in events such as the Giro d’Italia, Tour Down Under and Deutschland Tour between 2001 and 2004.

Evans competed in his first Tour de France in 2005 after joining Davitamon-Lotto and placed eighth, becoming the first Australian rider since Phil Anderson to place inside the top ten. In 2006 Evans won the Tour de Romandie and finished fourth in the 2006 Tour de France after Floyd Landis’ disqualification after the race.

In 2007 and 2008 Evans produced what had until 2011 appeared to be the best form of his career, finishing runner-up to Alberto Contador and Carlos Sastre respectively.

In 2010, Evans moved from Davitamon-Lotto to newly-established team BMC Racing and won the points classification at the 2010 Giro d’Italia before a fractured elbow crippled his chances of a third podium finish.

The 2011 Tour de France triumph made Cadel Evans a household name in Australia and with a very real opportunity at making it consecutive Tour de France victories, Evans has the chance to enter Australian sporting immortality.

Last updated: 13 February, 2012

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The Crowd Says (4)

  • August 28th 2013 @ 1:44am
    Kathleen said | August 28th 2013 @ 1:44am | ! Report

    Evans to ride in the new Tour of Alberta ! OGEvwill also have a team

  • September 2nd 2013 @ 6:31am
    Pete Linsley said | September 2nd 2013 @ 6:31am | ! Report

    As a big Cadel fan from England I’ve never had any concept of how popular, or even well known, he is back in Australia – its great to hear he gets some recognition for what he’s achieved. He has a reputation as a bit of a spiky character over here but to me he’s always seemed like a top bloke – and a proper gutsy rider. Seems like his Tour de France days might be over now, but here’s hoping he has a revival at next years Giro d’Italia and gives it a real good crack.

  • September 2nd 2013 @ 11:57am
    Kathleen said | September 2nd 2013 @ 11:57am | ! Report

    Also known for his committment to charities and causes like free Tibet. Known to be be very focussed. Grew up in an isloated region of Australia. Guess you learn tobe focussed and do things your own way! Goood role model just never gives up ! I am a fan for many reasons. Kate Smart and Sean Lee have written some good artclea about him on this website.
    Also love the current OGE team …they really are a team and not like BMC!

    Check out Cadel’s website and look at the guest book …….it goesd on for pages and pages. Some Aussies do have a tendncy to “Cut down tall poppies!

    I also admire Jensie ! I like to think cyclists can have a long ride history! Both still have things to contribute to the sport, and cycling needs people like this at the moment!

  • September 8th 2013 @ 12:04pm
    Kathleen said | September 8th 2013 @ 12:04pm | ! Report

    Enans wins a stage at the Tour of Alberta but this not reported anywhere on the roar!

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