Cadel Evans is one of those rare individuals that tend to have as much influence outside the sphere of their sporting environment, as they do within it. Geographical challenges are no hurdle to Cadel being informed and when necessary, opinionated, on a diverse range of Australian, and global, social issues. And similarly when applied to cycling you wonder whether Cadel’s greatest influences are off the bike.
But when it does come back to the bike, there can be no doubt Cadel Evans stands alone on the Australian cycling podium. Following a magnificent mountain bike career, his time on the road has seen a magnificent series of achievements that have broken new ground for this country’s cyclists. Previously a two-time podium finisher in the Tour de France (2007/08), 2011 was the year Cadel broke through and adorned the yellow jersey in Paris to become the first ever Australian winner of the event, uniting a weary-eyed nation along the way. The win will remain forever in sporting folklore with Cadel, supported by an unprecedented Australian viewing audience, overcoming his deficit of 57 seconds to Andy Schleck with a masterful performance in the 42.5km time trial in and around Grenoble to seize a one minute and 34 second advantage. His ride the next day into Paris in the yellow jersey, champagne in hand, and onto the Champs Elysees are images etched into all Australian’s memories.
He has now worn the leader’s jersey in all three Grand Tours and a palmares featuring major titles such as the prestigious Fleche Wallonne one day classic in Belgium – where he overtook Alberto Contador with a perfectly timed attack to take the honours on the famous Mur de Huy climb – Tirreno-Adriatico, Tour of Romandie and Citerium Internationale. But maybe the breakthrough victory of his career came with his triumphant victory in the 2009 UCI Men’s Road Race in Mendrisio, Switzerland where he was rewarded for a courageous attack that left a crack field including home-town and race favourite Fabian Cancellara in his wake.
It has been a magnificent career on two wheels. But Cadel’s success in sport does not singularly define him. It is but one component of this amazing person’s life.
Cadel announced his retirement from professional cycling in August 2014.
“For me this is not the end, but the beginning of a new chapter of my life. And yes I still have some big races to ride in from Sunday’s Men’s Road World Championships for Australia to the inaugural Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on February 1, 2015 where I will sign-off on my professional cycling journey. I hope to see you there.”
Connecting with Cadel
Tour de France (1st in 2011, 2nd in 2007 & 2008)
Giro del Trentino (1st 2014)
UCI Road World Championships (1st in 2009)
La Fleche Wallone (1st in 2010, 2nd in 2008)
Criterium International (1st in 2012)
Tour de Romandie (1st in 2006 & 2011)
Criterium du Dauphine Libere (2nd in 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2011)
Giro d’Italia (3rd in 2013)
Vuelta a Espana (3rd in 2009)
UCI Pro Tour Champion (2007)
Sport Australia Hall of Fame ‘Don Award’ (2011)
Australian Mountain Bike XC Championships (1st in 1993 (u/17), 1994 (u/19), 1996 & 1997)
Giro d’Italia (3rd)
Tour of Oman (3rd)
Giro Trention (8th)
Member Order of Australia (AM)
Order of Australia, 2013
Australian Sports Medal, 2000.
Australian Sports Awards Male Athlete of the Year, 2007.
Fairfax Sports Performer of the Year 2007.
Herald Sun Male Sports Star of the Year 2007.
Victorian Governor’s Award 2000.
Victorian Sports Awards Male Athlete of the Year 2000, 2007, 2008 and 2010.
Australian Cyclist of the Year, Cycling Australia, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011.
Australian Male Road Cyclist of the Year, Cycling Australia, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
People’s Choice Cyclists of the Year, Cycling Australia, 2007 and 2009.
Australian Male Mountain Bike Cyclist of the Year, Cycling Australia, 1997, 1998 and 1999.