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Evans claims historic tour de france win.

  • Cadel Evans secures Australia's first ever Tour de France victory
  • Evans wins by 1min 34sec from Andy Schleck of Luxembourg
  • Mark Cavendish wins the final stage and takes the green jersey
  • Samuel Sanchez takes the polka dot jersey and Pierre Rolland the white jersey

(CNN) -- Cadel Evans secured Australia's first ever Tour de France victory after the 21st and final stage of the historic race culminated on the streets of Paris.

Evans, who rides for the BMC team, finished amidst the peleton in the 95km stage, to maintain his 1min 34sec lead over Andy Schleck of Luxembourg.

Britain's Mark Cavendish, of HTC-Highroad, sealed a hat-trick of victories on the Champs Elysees to take the green jersey, awarded for the Tour's best sprinter.

Samuel Sanchez, of the Euskaltel team, claimed the polka dot jersey and Frenchman Pierre Rolland, of Europcar, scooped the white jersey after becoming the best placed rider 25 and under.

Cadel Evans: From the outback to Tour de France fame

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Evans has twice finished runner up in the world's premier cycling event, in 2007 and 2008, and was mobbed by his teammates as soon as he crossed the line in the French capital.

It was Evans' commanding performance in Saturday's individual time trial that secured him both the yellow jersey and an unassailable lead, and the final flat stage of the race was little more than a procession.

Evans, who became Australia's first ever world road race champion in 2009, told reporters: "It's been 20 years since I watched my very first Tour de France on TV and I said I'd like to win it. A lot of people didn't believe it.

"But some very good people believed in me, from my very first coach right through to the ones who turned me to the road.

"It's been years of hard work and there were a lot of moments in this three weeks where our Tour was lost but to get here safely with all my skin, just that alone is a quest in itself.

"But to be here wearing the yellow jersey -- for my team, my country, a group of people around me... it leaves me a little lost for words."

An emotional Evans paid tribute to Aldo Sassi -- his mentor who died of a brain tumor a year ago. "Aldo Sassi always believed in me, more than I did myself," he added.

"He said to me at one point, I hope that you can win a grand Tour and I hope for you it is the Tour de France for it's the most prestigious. If you do, you'll become the most complete rider of your generation."

Andy Schleck finished second for the third successive year, with his brother Frank coming third. Frenchman Thomas Voeckler was fourth with last year's champion, Alberto Contador, of Spain, finishing fifth.

"It's been a perfect Tour de France but there's only one who can win," Andy Schleck told the Tour's official web site.

"We knew that from the start and that's Cadel and he also deserves this victory. He's been fighting for it. I was fighting too but he was stronger and I'll be back."

A jubilant Cavendish, who has now won a total of 20 Tour de France stages, said: "This is absolutely my best Tour de France yet. The green jersey is an objective I've had in mind for a long time. It's incredible to get it."

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Cadel Evans: 'Older and wiser' for 2013 as he aims for Tour de France

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Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) celebrated his birthday today riding in the Tour of Oman up Green Mountain.

"Wiser with in my years? You'd certainly hope so!" Evans told Cycling Weekly with a laugh.

"Messages came in from the world of Twitter this morning. For [wife] Chiara, I bought flowers before I left to Oman. It's my birthday, but I always have to send flowers!"

Almost six months have passed since Evans, 36, last raced. He passed the time with Chiara and new son Robel, including taking a trip home to Australia for a few weeks.

It was time to reflect. After winning the Tour de France in 2011, the first Aussie to do so, 2012 was a disaster. A virus ruined his season. Always a fighter, Evans tried to take on Sky in the Tour, but could only manage seventh place.

Younger team-mate Tejay Van Garderen was relieved of his support duties, was able to place fifth and secure the young riders' white jersey.

Since pulling out of the Tour of Colorado on August 25, Evans has reflected.

"When you're out for illness or injury or something, you're sitting at home with all this motivation that you normally use for training or racing, and you can't use it," Evans explained.

Nearby, World Champion Philippe Gilbert gave a TV interview and rising star Taylor Phinney searched for privacy to change clothes. They could learn a lot from Evans, and they probably are, because just like the Tour, he refuses to lay down his sword.

"You see a lot of riders in their career, when they're out for some reason or another, they return better riders," Evans continued. "This is a big part of it. You have a chance to sit back, relax and reflect, to look at things and to re-access how you go about things. All that time you're out, your motivation is being fuelled and when you come back your work ethic, your discipline and so on, can often be higher."

Evans will aim at the Tour again this season. Van Garderen, 24 years old, has space too. BMC Racing will field them as co-captains. Many fans put their money on Van Garderen to lead the team to Paris in the race's 100th edition, but Evans would remind them to re-consider.

The race starts in the Tour of Oman, six days in the Middle East and a chance for Evans to go shoulder to shoulder with Chris Froome (Sky), Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana).

Evans placed third today when the climbed 5.7 kilometres to finish on Green Mountain. After four days of racing, the off-season rest appears to have done him well.

"I don't know if I'd say I'm going really well, there are a couple of guys going better than me and most of them already have racing in their legs at the start of the year. There are guys here with a stage race already in their legs. [Contador, Nibali and Peter Sagan] are going to be a step ahead just due to their adaptation to racing."

Evans travels home to Stabio in Switzerland after Oman. Next, he races the GP Lugano, Tirreno-Adriatico, the Critérium International, Romandy and the Critérium du Dauphiné.

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What the 2013 tour de france route means for cadel evans.

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The 2011 Tour de France champion Cadel Evans has a better chance of winning the 2013 Tour than he did defending his crown in 2012.

But the Australian will still be an outside bet to ride into Paris on the evening of 21st July in the yellow jersey or even first in his team.

Evans was present at the unveiling of the Tour 2013 route in Paris this week and stood up on the stage along other winners in recent years – the likes of Bradley Wiggins, Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck – as well as key figures such as Mark Cavendish and Philippe Gilbert.

For the race’s 100th edition, the organisers have come up with a glorious route that is both innovative and nostalgic.

Starting without a prologue on the race’s first ever visit to Corsica and ending with a special nocturnal Parisian stage in which the famous Champs Elysees circuit is extended to include the Arc de Triomphe, the 2013 Tour features four mountaintop finishes, two individual time trials and one team time trial.

Highlights include a Sunday afternoon Bastille Day showdown on the fearsome Mont Ventoux (stage 15), a time trial that finishes in the shadow of the iconic Mont Saint-Michel (stage 11) and an unprecedented double ascent of Alpe d’Huez in one afternoon (stage 18).

During the presentation, the audience was shown a reel of the best moments of the 2012 race – including the moment Evans cracked in stage 11 of the race on the brutal Col de la Croix de Fer and then, five days later, in the Pyrenees, where he waved goodbye to any chance of a podium finish.

Evans eventually finished seventh overall, 15:49 behind winner Wiggins. That seems like a huge gap on paper but it came on the back of a season hampered by sinus problems and poor form.

It can’t be overlooked that Evans won the Tour in 2011 after bouncing back from finishing 45 minutes down in 30th in 2009 and 50 minutes down in 25th in 2010.

Be that as it may, does even a fully fit Evans, at 36, have enough left in the tank to become the second oldest Tour winner in history? (Belgian Firmin Lambot won in 1922 aged 36 – but his birthday came a month before the Australian’s).

In a word: no .

Evans’s win in 2011 combined careful damage limitation in the hills with a tactical masterclass, the BMC leader boldly leaving it until the penultimate stage to overturn a deficit on Andy Schleck and take the yellow jersey into Paris after a superb final time trial.

But that was a year in which Contador was riding half empty following his exertions in the Giro and Wiggins was watching from home after breaking a collarbone in the opening week.

Wiggins won the Tour in 2012 because of his supreme time trial riding and a bullish, metronomic, almost robotic performance by his Sky team. In team-mate Chris Froome he also had both his main rival and his main weapon.

Where 2012 had more than 100 kilometres of individual time trials and only three summit finishes, 2013 has many more climbs and just two short ITTs: the flat 32km ride to Mont Saint-Michel and the 33km mountain time trial from Embrum to Chorges in stage 17 – billed as the “toughest ever Tour time trial” by race organisers.

Garmin-Sharp boss Jonathan Vaughters summed things up perfectly when he told Cyclingnews that the 2013 route “is suited to a strong climber who can time trial well and who has a strong team” whereas “this year was suited to a strong time triallist who could defend”.

Although one of the few bright parts of Evans’s 2012 season was a victory in the three-day Criterium International in Corsica, the 2013 Tour’s opening few days will be a challenge for a rider of such a nervous disposition.

As Evans admitted at the launch: “To race on those roads in Corsica in the Tour peloton – that’s going to be very tough.”

Should the Australian get through those stages unscathed then there’s the matter of the team time trial in Nice. At just 25km in length, the time gaps will not be enormous and BMC should be up there with the top teams – although probably not as strong as Sky or Garmin.

The mountains will, however, be a problem for Evans. The two stages in the Pyrenees will push Cadel to the limit of his powers – and should he hold on (plus limit his losses in the ITT), then stage 15 to Mont Ventoux will be critical.

The clear problem for Evans is that he’s not the kind of rider who will take serious time from his rivals in the mountains – and as such, it’s hard to see where exactly he can chip away.

If one ascent of Alpe d’Huez was not daunting enough, two in the same afternoon ask serious questions for someone carrying the amount of bulk that Evans has. Schleck would be looking at this stage with hungry eyes were it not for the dangerous descent down the back of the Col de Sarenne.

A final week that includes a mountain time trial and three back-to-back Alpine stages will make it one of the hardest final weeks to any Tours of the previous 100 years. Whoever wins the race will have to be a rider at the peak of their powers, and not one whose are on the wane.

Asked who he thinks will star in 2013, Evans remained coy. “I won’t say a favourite for the course yet – it’s still very early to say – but I would say it will be more of an all-round rider than 2012 but that’s not to say Sky can’t repeat again.”

If Sky do repeat their 2012 win then it will probably not be with the man who stood atop the podium in Paris last July. Dressed in an outrageously camp purple Paul Smith overcoat with a dual flappy triangular winged collars, the defending champion was present at the route launch on Wednesday.

But while Wiggo’s jacket remained firmly buttoned-up throughout proceedings, the Briton did open up about his chances – or lack of – with admirable candour.

“It was all about winning one Tour. I’ve done that now and I’m very proud the way I did it,” said Wiggins before revealing his intention to concentrate on the Giro d’Italia next season.

“The Giro’s a beautiful race and I’d love to win that pink jersey along with the yellow jersey.

“But I’ll be there at the start [of the Tour], that’s for sure. If Chris [Froome] is the leader then we go for it. But my priority is the Giro. It’s become apparent that it’s very difficult to compete in two Grand Tours and so it’s very likely I’ll be there in a helping capacity.”

While BMC manager Jim Ochowicz stressed on Wednesday that his team would be going to the Tour with Evans as the team captain and the American Tejay van Garderen as back up, things may pan out differently.

“Cadel is very motivated and this is a great course for him,” Ochowicz told Cyclingnews. “Tejay is still mentoring under Cadel and we don’t want to put the pressure on him yet.”

Van Garderen may still be Evans’s protege but last year’s white jersey finished two places above his mentor in July – and like Froome, could well have done even better had he been let off the leash.

Interviewed himself at the launch, Van Garderen said the race was “definitely harder than last year” and stressed his team were “going to have to prepare differently”.

“I like it. It is suited to a rider like me. I’m up for the challenge,” Van Garderen added.

Between now and next July, BMC might well realise that they should follow Sky’s lead: just as Wiggins has conceded to Froome, perhaps it’s time for Evans to give way to Van Garderen. After all, there are no teams in the ProTour who would say no to having Bradley Wiggins or Cadel Evans as their Plan B.

Of course, it is all immaterial: Contador will still start the race as overwhelming favourite – yet an in-form Froome should push him.

The rest, I fear, will be also-rans.

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Cadel Evans rising for a team shoot in Corsica

Australia's Cadel Evans declared himself satisfied with his performance in the second stage of the Tour de France after finishing adrift of surprise winner Jan Bakelants.

Evans is feeling his way into the 100th Tour having taken a break after coming third at last month's Giro d'Italia, although he was comfortable on a short but tricky 156km ride from Bastia to Ajaccio that featured four testing climbs.

The 36-year-old, who won the yellow jersey in 2011 and is looking to become the oldest ever winner of the sport's greatest race this year, was among the first riders to reach the top of the final climb, the third-category Cote du Salario, 12 kilometres from the finish.

"It was a little bit uncomfortable at race speed, but that's normal," he said at the end of the stage.

"But I've had a bigger break from racing than any of my competitors, so that's kind of normal."

Evans also had praise for his BMC team-mates as thoughts begin to turn towards the bigger tests that lie in store when the Tour reaches the French mainland tomorrow.

"For the most part we're riding good, trying to use our experience. I like to think I have enough experience now to do the job anyway.

"We're staying out of trouble, which is the most important thing at this point in the race."

Fellow Australian Simon Gerrans is sixth overall.

Debutant claiming maiden stage win

Bakelants, making his debut in the race, broke away from the pack and resisted a fightback from the leading members of the peloton to win the 156-kilometre ride across Corsica from Bastia to Ajaccio by a margin of one second.

The 27-year-old edged out Slovakia's Peter Sagan and Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski to replace Germany's Marcel Kittel in yellow.

"I saw at 500 metres from the line that I still had a decent gap on the pack and I said: 'Hold this, it's going to be the nicest day of your life,'" Bakelants said.

"Maybe it will be the first and last time in my career that I wear the yellow jersey, but I am overwhelmed."

Bakelants, a former winner of the Tour de l'Avenir, also becomes the first Belgian to win a stage in the Tour de France since Jelle Vanendert in 2011.

This year's favourite Chris Froome, who punctured a solid stage with a brief attack on the last climb of the day.

Jan Bakelants wins stage two of the Tour De France

Big name sprinters off the pace

Kittel sprinted to victory in stage one but was well off the pace on Sunday during a stage that featured a series of tricky climbs, and came in more than 17min 30sec later, although that was still good enough for him to take the green jersey for the best sprinter.

"It was not as hard a stage as it maybe looked," Kittel said. "The yellow jersey was a big help on the climbs, I had goosebumps with people shouting my name.

I saw at 500 metres from the line that I still had a decent ga and I said: 'Hold this, it's going to be the nicest day of your life. Maybe it will be the first and last time in my career that I wear the yellow jersey, but I am overwhelmed.

"I don't know how the green one will feel, but it will be a special experience too."

The relatively short ride between the island's two largest towns, but across its mountainous interior, was not expected to favour a sprinter.

It featured a total of four climbs, including the category two ascent of the 1,163m Col de Vizzanova and the category three Cote du Salario right at the approach to Ajaccio, a city best known as the birthplace of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

As a result, Kittel and fellow sprint specialist Mark Cavendish were nowhere to be seen as the finish line approached, although last year's green jersey winner Sagan was one of several riders close to snatching victory on the line.

The climbs were dominated by Frenchmen, with Europcar rider Pierre Rolland ending the day in the polka dot jersey for King of the Mountains after reaching the Col de Vizzanova first, while Blel Kadri is just behind him after winning the Col de la Serra climb.

After the chaos that marred the finish to Saturday's opening stage, organisers will be pleased that stage 2 passed off without any major incidents, and the Corsican leg of this year's Tour will conclude with a short 145-kilometre ride north from Ajaccio to Calvi.

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Cadel Evans Conquered Le Tour de France – 10 years on

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Cadel Evans’ victory was one of the seminal moments of Australian cycling. Evans was crowned World Champion in Mendrisio in 2009 and the first Australian to do so. The peak of his career was his thrilling win at the Tour de France in 2011.

Cadel Evans was the first rider from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first Australian to win the world’s greatest bike race. 10 years on, The Inner Sanctum looks back on that achievement, and what it has meant.

Cadel’s Career

After a successful career in mountain biking, Evans switched to road cycling, and immediately became a success. In 2005, at his first attempt, he finished eighth in the Tour de France. Looking back at that result 16 years on, Evans is the only rider in the top 10 who didn’t test positive for performance-enhancing drugs at some point in his career.

Despite the early success, Evans plateaued. He finished fifth in 2006, and runner up in both 2007 and 2008. In both cases, the lack of team strength prevented Evans from getting over the hump.

In 2009, after what was otherwise a disappointing season, Evans made history in winning the World Championships. Before doing so, he finished third in the Vuelta a Espana. In doing so, he became one of just a handful of riders to have led each of the three Grand Tours (Giro d’Italia in 2002, Tour de France in 2008).

After winning the World Championships, Evans changed teams to BMC Racing. Despite the new team, his chance at the 2010 Tour de France was ruined by a fractured elbow.

The Race as it happened

Stage 1 of the 2011 Tour de France had a slight uphill finish, and Evans found a window in the sprint finish to take second on the stage. It showed that his team was a cut above the level of his support of previous years.

Evans would go on to win the final sprint in Stage 4, another achievement. To that time, he had never won a road stage of the Tour. It was a sign of his hot form.

On Stage 9, in a brilliant breakaway, hometown hero Thomas Voeckler took the yellow jersey. He was expected to hold it for a few days but ended up keeping it for eight days.

Stage 16 was the moment that Evans seized on. He attacked on a descent in the wet and took time on his rivals. Stage 17 was the first sign of a crack from Voeckler, as Evans and Andy Schleck reduced his lead to 15 seconds.

"That's the face of a man who wants to win the Tour de France!" Watch Cadel Evans Conquering Le Tour, today 4.30 pm AEST on @SBS #sbscycling #couchpeloton pic.twitter.com/XsYWgWEIZa — SBS Sport (@SBSSportau) July 5, 2020

On Stage 18, Schleck launched a daring attack more than 60km from the finish. His attack was an attempt to steal the overall victory from Evans. Schleck was concerned that Evans would dominate the Stage 20 time trial.

Stage 19 was unusually short, at around 100km, and both Frank and Andy Schleck attacked early, putting Evans under pressure. Multiple mechanics early put Evans in danger, and Evans spent the rest of the day trying to save the Tour.

There's NO WAY @CadelOfficial can come back from this?! Stage 19 of the 2011 @LeTour and Cadel's mechanical on the Col du Télégraphe will test the #couchpeloton 's mettle once more. Tonight 10.30pm AEST via @SBSOnDemand / 10.30pm your local time @SBS #EtapeClassique #SBSTDF pic.twitter.com/GojXdWvYNg — SBS Sport (@SBSSportau) July 12, 2020

Going into the final time trial, Andy Schleck led held the Yellow Jersey, 53 seconds ahead of his brother Frank, and 57 seconds ahead of Evans.

What it meant

The night of 23 July 2011 is imprinted on the brains of so many Australian cycling fans. Dedicated fans and casual observers stayed awake until 2am, watching Evans in the time trial. He took almost two and a half minutes over Andy Schleck, sealing victory by 1:34. After 3,430km of racing, 86:12.22 of racing, the Tour de France was over.

Six years after his first start, and 30 years after Phil Anderson became the first Australian to wear the yellow jersey of the Tour de France, Cadel Evans became the first Australian to win the Tour de France.

Winning the 2011 @LeTour was as easy as A,B,C says Cadel…kinda #couchpeloton #sbstdf #EtapeClassique #SBSCycling pic.twitter.com/FSpSCMu9m9 — SBS Sport (@SBSSportau) July 13, 2020

Commentator Dr Bridie O’Donnell talks about it as a moment that shaped the way Australians see the Tour.

“We have always had great Australian writers, since Phil Anderson, but Cadel’s performance was an absolute game-changer,” O’Donnell said.

The ratings for the show in that final week were enormous, and we know people still talk about where they were when they watched that final time trial stage.”

The impact it left

Greenedge launched a few months later, as an Australian professional cycling team, in each the men’s and women’s peloton. The profile of cycling in Australia went atmospheric and has never really looked back.

Tiffany Cromwell was riding at that time and is going to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. She recalls how things changed as a result of Evans’ victory.

“In my career, I’ve seen the popularity of cycling get stronger and stronger, and the likes of Cadel winning the Tour really put cycling on the map,” Cromwell said.

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Since then, Greenedge has become a major force in the men’s peloton. In 2013, Simon Gerrans first took the yellow jersey, on Stage 3 of the 2013 edition of the race.

In 2016, Richie Porte, racing for BMC Racing finished fifth overall at the Tour de France. The result marked him as one of the riders to carry on Cadel Evans’ legacy. Porte finished third in 2020, being the best non-Evans Australian to finish at the Tour de France.

Time for another shot?

Richie Porte is coming off a strong performance in 2020. He has spoken about the fact that COVID-19 has reduced his media obligations, and he has enjoyed the racing more.  

He became the first Australian to win the Dauphine Libere, a traditional warm-up event, and he will be a strong chance to bring that form across to the Tour.

Lucas Hamilton and Ben O’Connor are young riders coming through and will be dark horse contenders at the Tour in 2021.

Caleb Ewan and Michael Matthews remain two of the most electrifying riders in the professional peloton. Ewan is widely considered the best sprinter in the world, and Matthews is a favourite for a stage win early in the Tour.

On the women’s side, riders like Amanda Spratt and Sarah Roy have taken the Greenedge team to one of the most respected teams in the women’s peloton. Now, riders like Neve Bradbury and Sarah Gigante were among those children who were inspired by Evans’ ride those years ago.

10 years on, the ripples of Cadel Evans’ victory have been felt across Australian cycling, with participation, and presence in the professional peloton.

One of the most magnificent rides in Australian cycling is still having benefits for Australian cycling.

And all those fans preparing for another year of late nights in front of the Tour de France, will be hoping for the same.

The Tour de France starts tonight and runs until 18 July. Coverage is on SBS every evening.

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July 24, 2011 / 1:42 PM EDT / AP

PARIS — After two runner-up finishes, Cadel Evans finally stood on the top of the podium on the Champs Elysees as champion of cycling's great race.

Wrapped in his national flag and with tears in his eyes, Evans listened as Australia's anthem played Sunday after he became the first Australian — and oldest rider since World War II — to win the Tour de France.

"I couldn't be any happier. A few people always believed in me. I always believed in me. And we did it," the 34-year-old Evans said.

He celebrated after crossing the finish line in the pack on the Champs-Elysee, embracing riders from different teams as the massive crowd on France's most famous thoroughfare cheered wildly.

Evans bounded up the steps onto the podium, taking deep breaths, then appeared at the top looking calm and waved the bouquet he received in the air. "Thank you to everyone. It's really incredible," he told the crowd.

Evans was joined on the podium by the Schleck brothers of Luxembourg — Andy, who finished second overall for the third straight year, and Frank. Andy finished 1 minute, 34 seconds behind Evans in the final standings.

Australian singer Tina Arena sang the national anthem. Evans' Italian wife, Chiara, stood beside him after the presentation ceremony.

"I think he's worked very hard," she said.

It's been a long wait for Evans, who first showed himself as a challenger for major races in 2002, and twice finished second in the Tour, in 2007 and 2008, but couldn't quite make it to the top of the podium until now.

Evans is the oldest winner of the Tour since World War II, narrowly eclipsing Gino Bartali of Italy — who was also 34 but slightly younger — when he won in 1948. The all-time record was set by 36-year-old Firmin Lambot of Belgium — in 1922.

"Cadel was the best of the Tour and he deserved to win," said Andy Schleck. "Second isn't bad, and my brother was on the podium too. I'll be back to win this Tour. We have a date for next year."

Sunday's 21st and final stage — the most prestigious for the race's sprinters — was won by Britain's Mark Cavendish for the third year in a row, despite being forced to change his bike on the Champs-Elysees. He also took the green jersey for the overall best sprinter.

Cavendish crossed the line holding out the green jersey he was wearing, and then kissed it. Despite his 20 Tour stage victories, the jersey had eluded him until now.

"Finally!" he said.

Second place in the stage went to Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway, and third to Andre Greipel of Germany.

This year was a far cry from the Tours of many recent years that were dominated almost from the start by Lance Armstrong or, later, Alberto Contador. This was a race that defied predictions and was still hanging in the balance on the final weekend.

Evans rarely made his presence known, but he was always there. Up every mountain he was never more than one bicycle length behind his rivals. With a small lead that he'd picked up in the early stages of the race and a lot of strength in time-trialing, he knew that he didn't need to attack in order to win.

Still, when Andy Schleck broke away from the field on the climb of the Galibier pass on Thursday, observers thought Evans' BMC team had made a fatal mistake. But Evans remained calm.

He went into the time-trial needing to make up almost a minute on Schleck; he made up more than two-and-a-half.

"The real highlight was the last three to four kilometres of the time trial yesterday because I knew we were on the right track," Evans said.

The polka-dot jersey awarded to the best climber went to Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez of Spain, who brought his two children onto the podium with him. The best young rider was Pierre Rolland of France, who won the classic climb up the Alpe d'Huez on Friday.

Before setting off on Sunday, riders removed their helmets and observed a minute of silence in tribute to the victims of the attacks in Norway.

"When this kind of thing happens, everybody forgets about the sport," said Norwegian rider Thor Hushovd. "It's not even important in comparison.

"It's quite nice that everybody thinks of us. We're a small country ... unfortunately this can happen anywhere."

Hushovd and Boasson Hagen won two stages each in this year's race.

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Cadel Evans says he has probably raced his last Tour de France

Cadel Evans, the winner in 2011, says he has probably raced his last Tour de France and will focus on the Giro d'Italia in future.

"I am still not sure yet but there is certainly a chance that 2013 might have been my last Tour, because going for another race might be on the cards next year,'' the Australian said from his home in Switzerland.

"I am going to go to the Giro presentation this year to see the [2014] course. That looks like a direction to head in. After all the years going for the Tour, [the idea of missing it] takes a little while getting used to," he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"But the Giro is always a race I wanted to do and do well in. It's just a matter of changing mindset and so on. So at this point, it looks like directing my energies towards a grand tour other than the Tour de France.''

Evans, 36, who is out of contract with the American BMC team next year, has competed in nine Tours, finishing first in 2011, second in 2007 and 2008, fourth in 2006 and eighth on his debut. His past two Tours have shown a marked decline with a seventh in 2012 and a 39th this year and his young team-mate Tejay van Garderen has been breathing down his neck.

Evans first entered the Giro in 2002 and this year he came third. "Hopefully, having a bit more time to prepare and get ready will help,'' he said. "OK, I can go to the Tour and go for stage wins, or ride for someone else, but having had the results I have had, I want to go for the win or I'd rather watch from the sidelines and put my energy into something else and go for that 100%.''

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BMC Racing Team will surround Cadel Evans with a cadre of veterans for the 100th edition of the Tour de France.

Among the Australian’s teammates are six riders who supported Evans during his 2011 Tour victory: Brent Bookwalter, Marcus Burghardt, Amaël Moinard, Steve Morabito, Manuel Quinziato and Michael Schär.

Joining them will be reigning world road champion Philippe Gilbert and last year’s best young rider, Amgen Tour of California winner Tejay van Garderen.

“We have a really strong team and can go to Corsica with a lot of confidence with this team of experienced guys,” said sports director John Lelangue. “They are all in good shape and focused on a sole objective.”

Evans, who will start his ninth Tour de France coming off a third-place finish at the Giro d’Italia last month, said his recovery and training “have progressed well this time as we attempt the Giro-Tour double.”

Evans said the team is even stronger than the 2011 squad.

“I am happy to have my three guardian angels — Quinziato, Burghardt and Schär — around me, plus Brent, Amaël and Steve from our successful 2011 team,” he said. “And with Tejay coming into the mix, we are a lot stronger in the mountains than in past years.”

Van Garderen, who was fifth last year in his second Tour appearance, said repeating as the race’s best young rider is not an objective.

“The white jersey wasn’t a goal of mine last year and it’s not again this year,” he said. “It just came along with me being up there every day, helping Cadel, which is my focus again this year.”

The 100th Tour de France starts June 29 in Corsica.

BMC Racing Team for the 2013 Tour de France Brent Bookwalter (USA) Marcus Burghardt (GER) Cadel Evans (AUS) Tejay van Garderen (USA) Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Amaël Moinard (FRA) Steve Morabito (SUI) Manuel Quinziato (ITA) Michael Schär (SUI)

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Cadel Evans, Ex-Champ of Tour de France, to Retire

By Agence France-Presse

  • Sept. 26, 2014

Cadel Evans said he can walk away from cycling in February knowing he has fulfilled his potential on two wheels.

The 37-year-old Australian announced Thursday that he would put away his professional racing bike once and for all after riding in the inaugural Cadel Evans Great Ocean race on February 1 next year.

And having won the World Championships road race in 2009 and the Tour de France in 2011, he will leave the sport having triumphed in the two biggest and most prestigious races.

And even though the gritty, determined, and sometimes short-fused, rider often finished as bridesmaid, he says he will leave without any regrets.

“Certainly the 2009 World Championships win and 2011 Tour de France win are what really made my name and lifted my recognition in the sport more than it already was,” he said.

“I suppose they’re highlights and they’re probably what I’m known for in cycling, but on a personal level I look back at my career and I’m proud of the fact that I was consistent from the start.

“I think still today I’m the youngest rider to have won a mountain bike World Cup in 1997 — I’d just turned 20 I think — and I’m the oldest post-war Tour de France winner, I think.

“That also says something for longevity but the consistency I had in between is something I look back on in my career to be proud of.”

Evans started off in mountain biking, winning world championship medals at several different junior and youth levels.

He won back-to-back overall World Cup titles in 1998 and 1999 but by then he had already started to make the transition to road cycling.

Although he was seventh in mountain biking at his home Olympics in Sydney in 2000, two years later he took a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in the road timetrial.

From then on he would concentrate exclusively on the road.

Other notable victories followed such as the 2010 Fleche Wallonne, the Tour de Romandie in 2006 and 2011, the Tirreno-Adriatico in 2011 and the Criterium International a year later.

He took a lot of knocks along the way, coming second in the Tour in 2007 and 2008, having finished fourth in 2006.

He was second at La Fleche Wallonne in 2008, second at the Criterium du Dauphine four times in five years from 2007-2011, third at the Vuelta a Espana in 2009 and the 2013 Giro d’Italia.

“From a young age when I started out in cycling I wanted to step out of the sport with no regrets,” added Evans.

“I wouldn’t say it was initially easy to accept but when I accepted for myself that I was going to stop racing at the highest level, the reason was that I’m not going to have any regrets because I worked very hard.

“I had a fantastic opportunity to be a professional rider, I worked with some fantastic people in the sport and I think I made the most of those opportunities.

“I had a lot of second places, a lot of fourth places; over the years I made some small errors tactically or maybe in my training and preparation and so on.

“But overall I think I can go away from the sport satisfied, knowing I gave my sport everything. I gave it every opportunity to achieve, to get the most out of myself and do the maximum I could with my capacities.

“It is actually 20 years now that I’ve been a full-time cyclist, so I’ve had a good go at it.”

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GIVORS, FRANCE - JULY 14: Cadel Evans of BMC Racing Team looks on ahead of stage fifteen of the 2013 Tour de France, a 242.5KM road stage from Givors to Mont Ventoux, on July 14, 2013 in Givors, France. (Photo by Scott Mitchell/teamsky.com via Getty Images)

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Cadel Evans , the first Australian to win the Tour de France in 2011 and a four-time Olympian, said he will retire from cycling in February.

Evans, 37, began his Olympic career as a mountain biker at age 19 in Atlanta 1996, the first time the discipline was contested at the Olympics. He placed ninth as the event’s youngest finisher, with his dead dog’s tooth on a chain around his neck, according to the Australian .

“I don’t think I’ll hit my peak until 2004,” Evans told the newspaper in 1996.

He made the Australian team in mountain biking again for the Sydney 2000 Games and finished seventh.

“Maybe [I’ll try] a three-week tour like the Tour de France or something that more suits my style,” he said after the disappointing finish in 2000, according to the Melbourne Herald Sun .

Evans switched to road racing, missed selection for the Athens 2004 Olympics and made his Tour de France debut in 2005. He also made the Australian Olympic road teams for Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

Evans won no Olympic medals, his best finish fifth in the road time trial in 2008.

He did win Commonwealth Games gold in 2002 in the road time trial and World Championships gold in 2009 in the road race.

“Cycling built me as a person, it’s been more than half of my life; it’s amazing what this sport gave me,” Evans said, according to VeloNews . “It’s given me all I could dream for.”

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Cadel Evans cycling collection

Two bicycles owned by champion Australian cyclist Cadel Evans help to tell a story of achievement on cycling's world stage. A Ridley 'Helium' road cycle and a Cannondale CAAD 4 hardtail mountain bike ridden by the champion cyclist are part of the National Museum of Australia's collection.

Riding a Ridley Helium road bike, and wearing the yellow jersey, Cadel Evans descends amid the peloton during Stage 12 of the 2008 Tour de France from Lavelanet to Narbonne. Photo: Jasper Juinen/Getty Images

A group of cyclists on a road take a lefthand turn.Two spectators stand at the far side of the road, and mountains form a backdrop in the distance.

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Evans' signature on the top tube of the Ridley bike frame. National Museum of Australia

'Cadel Evans' in black handwriting on a white tube. - click to view larger image

Cadel Evans rode this Ridley 'Helium' road bike during the 2008 Tour de France, the legendary three-week stage race held every July.

Riding for the Silence-Lotto team, he held the most coveted prize in professional cycling, the leader's yellow jersey, for five stages.

During stage 17 of the 2008 race, Spanish climber Carlos Sastre of Team CSC completed a spectacular ascent of the Alpe d’Huez, taking the overall lead.

By the penultimate stage time trial, Evans needed to ride one minute and 34 seconds faster than Sastre. He beat Sastre’s time and jumped to second place overall, but he remained 58 seconds behind at the end of the tour. This was the second year in a row that Evans had come second in the tour.

In 2011 Evans became the first Australian to win the Tour de France. At the age of 34, he was among the oldest winners in the race's history. His tour win crowned an impressive list of successes since he had turned professional 10 years early, which included winning the 2009 World Road Championships in Switzerland.

Ridley Helium road bicycle belonging to Cadel Evans and ridden in the 2008 Tour de France. National Museum of Australia

Side view of a Ridley 'Helium' racing bike, with black, red and white livery.

Australians on tour

Cadel Evans' success in France was part of a long tradition of Australian cyclists riding in Europe for professional teams. Victorian cyclists Iddo 'Snowy' Munro and Duncan 'Don' Kirkham rode the 1914 Tour de France, becoming the first Australian and, in fact, the first native English speakers to participate.

Over the next century 45 Australians competed in the tour, including some of Australia's mightiest cycling talents, from Sir Hubert Opperman in 1928 and 1931, to Russell Mockridge in 1955 and Don Allan in 1974 and 1975. In 1981 Phil Anderson became the first Australian to lead the Tour de France.

The other yellow jersey wearers from Australia are Stuart O’Grady (1998 and 2001), Bradley McGee (2003), Robbie McEwen (2004) and Simon Gerrans (2013).

Cannondale CAAD 4 hardtail mountain bike ridden by Cadel Evans during the 1998 and 1999 world cup events. The frame was custom painted to reflect Cadel’s overall win (blue) and his victory in the under-23 age category (red). National Museum of Australia

Front left view of a mountain bike with yellow-rimmed tyres. The bike has a pale blue seat and the frame is primarily painted red and dark blue, and the seat is pale blue. The bike frame has several stickers including 'Cannondale' and 'Volvo' on the main frame and 'Fatty' on the front forks. - click to view larger image

Mountain bike

Cadel Evans was a champion mountain bike rider long before he joined the professional European road racing fraternity.

Physiological tests while at the Australian Institute of Sport revealed that Evans possessed the rare combination of an unusually high lung volume and the capacity to absorb more oxygen from each breath than 99.9 per cent of the population.

Affectionately known as 'The Lung', Evans became a dominant force in cross-country mountain biking, winning the 1998 and 1999 world cups.

Evans was born at Katherine in the Northern Territory on 14 February 1977, and spent his early years at the Barunga settlement, before moving first to Armidale in New South Wales, and later to Melbourne.

His cycling career started in 1995 as a scholarship holder in the Australian Institute of Sport’s mountain bike program. Evans converted to road cycling in 2001.

Today, Evans lives in Stabio, Switzerland and Barwon Heads in Victoria with his Italian wife, Chiara Passerini, and their adopted son, Robel.

Evans was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to cycling and the community in June 2013.

Close to the feeling of flying

Off-road cycling remains close to Cadel’s heart. In his 2009 autobiography, Cadel Evans: Close to Flying, he wrote about the joy and visceral pleasure that riding mountain bikes has brought him over the years.

When you have a good day mountain biking … it is close to the feeling of flying. With an uninterrupted path of single-track it can seem like you’re floating through a forest. The rush of constant sound, like the wind past your ears, is amplified by the noise generated by wide tyres on the terrain; it drums out of beat at times to the thud of tree roots, rocks and all else that litters the way. And then comes the contributions from the body. The pulse of breath and heart – both rising from surges of adrenaline and effort – add to a soundtrack on this simple machine and you’re in nature’s playground. You float … drift … sweep. Through turns you delve deeper into the path ahead, diving around the next turn and into the unknown.

The National Museum of Australia thanks Jason Bakker (Director of Signature Sport and Cadel Evans' manager), Josh Boyd (Echelon Sports), Warren Meade (Bicycle Passion), Trevor Nix (The Cyclery) and Robbie McEwen (Robbie McEwen Cycling) for their assistance in acquiring these two bicycles.

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Evans Out of Yellow Jersey Contention

Australian Cadel Evans was dropped on the Col de la Madeleine at Stage 9.

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SAINT-JEAN-DE-MAURIENNE, July 13, 2010 (AFP) - Cadel Evans' hopes of becoming Australia's first Tour de France champion virtually ended on Tuesday's ninth stage when he tumbled down the standings on an epic, but painful day of racing.

BMC rider Evans had taken the race lead at the end of Sunday's eighth stage, when he finished 10 seconds behind stage winner Andy Schleck to take a 20sec overall lead on the Luxembourger. However, a day after the race's first rest day, Evans was dropped halfway through the 25.5km Col de la Madeleine climb as the Astana team of reigning champion Alberto Contador set a punishing pace. He eventually finished 42nd at 8min 07sec behind Schleck and Contador as Frenchman Sandy Casar took the stage honours having been part of an early breakaway.

Evans, the two-time runner-up in 2007 and 2008, dropped 17 places to 18th overall and 7:47 behind Schleck.

The Australian collapsed in tears into a teammate's arms at the finish, and after talking to BMC team manager John Lelangue he finally found enough composure to explain his day of suffering in the saddle. He revealed that the left arm he injured in a crash early on the eighth stage was actually fractured, handicapping him for a stage which was billed as a major battle between the yellow jersey contenders.

"It cost me a lot of energy, but maybe in my situation, in the yellow jersey, it's also vulnerability," said Evans. "I'm not at my normal level, but when you're in the yellow jersey at the Tour whether you're good or not you have to be there. The team were all fantastic, but obviously it's me who has to finish off the job."

As Schleck and Contador went on to duel to the summit, crossing over with a 2:10 deficit to a group of leaders, Evans battled up the rest of the climb to crest the summit 9:38 behind the frontrunners.

At the end of the 32km descent towards the finish line, Evans finished over eight minutes behind stage winner Casar with Schleck inheriting the yellow jersey with a 41sec lead on Contador.

Evans broke down in tears in a teammate's arms after he crossed the line, distraught at seeing his 2010 Tour ambitions all but disappear.

BMC team manager Lelangue tried to put a silver lining on the situation.

"We knew there would be repercussions after his crash. But for us the race continues," said Lelangue, who was quick to praise Evans's heroic efforts to close the gap on the descent.

"He tried to limit the damage on the way down from the Madeleine, he did a great job on the descent.

"We lost the yellow jersey, but that's racing, you just have to accept it. But Cadel really showed his fighting spirit today. He was more than courageous."

Schleck said afterward he did not regard Evans as a big contender anyway, given the Australian's efforts at the three-week Giro d'Italia in May.

"I'm not really surprised Cadel had a bad day today, especially with the Giro behind him. I didn't really see him winning this Tour," said Schleck. "He's got a fracture in his arm, and that doesn't make things easier. Unfortunately he lost the jersey but that's the race. I'm happy that I now have it."

Asked whether his Tour campaign was now over, Evans added: "I haven't seen the results yet but I'm pretty sure it's over for this year."

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Looking back, Cadel Evans says he probably ought to have been suspicious of Lance Armstrong's performances. Things have changed since then, though, the BMC rider said, with a major “change in mentality in cycling.” The 2011 Tour de France winner is looking forward to a Tour in 2013 with a course which will favour him.

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“I always said that not only was he the best Tour rider but he also had the best Tour team in history,” Evans told the Australian Weekend Financial Review. “But the fact that all of the riders in that team performed at such a high level during the crucial moments was always, well . . .”

Evans too has had to face rumours of doping. “As a clean athlete and to be accused of being a drug cheat, personally it’s very offensive and very hard to take. Maybe those people have a thing or two to learn about commitment, hard work, dedication and how far people can go with natural ability.”

The Armstrong case will have a preventative effect, he said. “If someone is thinking they can take drugs as a sports person, they are going to be very scared of this whole affair because 15 years after they have won their race and passed their drug test they know it is possible they can be uncovered.

“There has been such a change in mentality in cycling now, and I think we have left that behind us, and that’s why I say to cycling fans, let’s not lose faith.”

Evans suffered from health problems throughout the year and is still facing immunology tests, but was philosophical about his seventh place finish this year. “I’ve got a chance to win the Tour next year and the year after.”

This year's Tour may have been perfect for winner Bradley Wiggins, but Evans says that next year will be different, and should be good for him again. “The 2012 course really favoured [Wiggins'] team, and Team Sky had a team perfectly suited to that course. Next year I think it will be more like the 2011 one, where it is more likely decided in the final week.”

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