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The first, and only, Australian to win the Tour de France
Categories: Sports Heroes
Full Presenter Profile & Bio
Cadel Evans is perhaps Australia’s most successful cyclist. He is one of only two non-Europeans to win the Tour de France, and the only Australian to don the yellow jersey. Cadel won the Tour in 2011, before his retirement from professional cycling in August 2014. In 2013 he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal and the ‘Don Award’ in 2011 from The Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
Cadel ended his professional career at the inaugural Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in 2015, which attracts some of the world’s best cyclists to compete in Melbourne and Geelong. Subsequently, thousands are inspired to participate in the Swisse People’s Ride. The Elite Men’s race was elevated to UCI WorldTour status after just two staging, while the Deakin University Women’s Race gained UCI 1.1 classification in 2018.
Evans is a loyal supporter of the youth mental health initiative Orygen Youth Health. He has featured in the annual Suit Up & Ride corporate team cycling event in Melbourne since 2010.
Towards Zero Race Melbourne criteriums award equal prize money to both male and female winners; Cadel was key in gaining full live commercial coverage of both the men’s and women’s road races – a huge milestone for live coverage of women’s cycling in Australia.
Driven by his mission to grow awareness of living a healthy lifestyle, as well as improving rider safety on Australian roads, Cadel works tirelessly. Cadel won the 2017 VicSport Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award for his contributions to cycling events.
As a young adult, Evans was a champion mountain biker. He won numerous titles, including the World Cup in 1998 and 1999 and placing seventh in the men’s cross-country mountain bike race at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Evans is a four-time Olympian. Cadel turned to road cycling in 2001. Having finished second on the Tour de France podium twice (2007 and 2008), he claimed the ultimate glory in 2011 at age 34.
His breakthrough victory came with a triumphant win in the 2009 UCI Road World Championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland. Across his career, Cadel wore the leader’s jersey in all three Grand Tours and he has a palmarès featuring major titles such as the prestigious La Flèche Wallonne one day classic in Belgium.
Cadel is a four-time Australian Olympian, and his definitive story is told in Cadel Evans, The Art of Cycling.
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