Evans at the 2012 Critérium du Dauphiné
|Full name||Cadel Lee Evans|
14 February 1977 |
Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||67 kg (150 lb; 10.6 st)|
|Current team||BMC Racing Team|
|Australian Institute of Sport (AIS)
Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS)
Saeco Macchine per Caffè
BMC Racing Team
|Infobox last updated on
7 September 2013
Cadel Lee Evans AM (//; born 14 February 1977) is an Australian professional racing cyclist and winner of the 2011 Tour de France. He is the first Australian to win the Tour de France. Early in his career, Evans was a champion mountain biker, winning 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 turned to full-time road cycling in 2001, and gradually progressed through the ranks. He finished second in the 2007 and 2008 Tours de France. He became the first Australian to win the UCI ProTour (2007) and the UCI Road World Championships in 2009. Finally, he won the Tour de France in 2011, riding for BMC Racing Team, after two Tours riddled with bad luck. At age 34, he was among the five oldest winners in the race's history. Along with American Greg LeMond, he is one of only two non-Europeans to "officially" win the Tour. The other two non-European winners, Americans Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis, had their wins vacated due to doping.
Cadel Evans was born on 14 February 1977 at the Katherine Hospital, Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia, to Helen (née Cocks), a bank manager, and Paul Evans, a council foreman. He spent his early childhood in the small Aboriginal community of Barunga, 80 km east of Katherine. At the age of seven, he was hit in the head by a horse, and spent seven days in an induced coma. In 1986, his parents separated and he first moved with his mother to Armidale, New South Wales, and then to the Melbourne suburb of Eltham, Victoria, where his mother still lives. Evans attended Newling Public School in Armidale, and Eltham High School in Melbourne. Skateboarding was one of his teenage interests. His father describes him as a good student, but otherwise just an ordinary kid who would leave his toys around; "Not in [my] wildest dreams" would he imagine that his son would become a top world athlete.
Evans started his international career in 1995 as a Scholarship-holder in the Australian Institute of Sport mountain bike (MTB) Program, under A.I.S. Cycling Program's MTB coach Damien Grundy, and up to 1998 under road coach Heiko Salzwedel. While Evans was at the Australian Institute of Sport, physiological tests showed he possessed a rare combination - an unusually high lung volume and the capacity to absorb more oxygen from each breath than 99.9 per cent of the population. This ability led to him becoming affectionately known as 'The Lung'.
Evans won bronze medals at the 1995 Junior world mountain bike championship and Junior world road time trial championship, and silver medals at the 1997 and 1999 under-23 world championships. He won the cross-country event in the Mountain Bike World Cup in both 1998 and 1999. In 1998 Shayne Bannan was the under-23 road cycling coach based in Italy.
Switch to road cycling
He has ridden for Saeco (2001), Mapei (2002) and Team Telekom (2003–2004). In Mapei, he was coached by Aldo Sassi, who helped him make the transition from mountain biker to grand tourer. After Sassi's death from cancer in 2010, Evans continued cooperation with his protege Andrea Morelli. After winning the Tour in 2011, Evans dedicated the victory to the late coach. From the 2005 season he joined Davitamon-Lotto and came eighth in his first Tour de France, the first Australian in the top ten since Phil Anderson.
Other early successes included overall wins in the 2001 and 2004 editions of the Tour of Austria, 14th in the 2002 Giro d'Italia (he wore the leader's jersey, Maglia Rosa for one day), Commonwealth Games time trial champion in 2002, a stage win of the 2002 Tour Down Under, fifth in the 2005 Deutschland Tour, and winning the mountains classification in the 2006 Tour Down Under.
Evans won the Tour de Romandie, beating the Spaniards Alberto Contador Velasco and Alejandro Valverde on the very last stage, a 20 km time trial around Lausanne. He finished fifth in the Tour de France but was promoted to fourth after the disqualification of apparent winner Floyd Landis due to a failed drug test.
Evans was also named Australian Cyclist of the Year.
In the 2007 Tour de France, Evans finished runner-up to Contador. He won the stage 13 Time Trial and came second in the stage 19 Time Trial. Evans finished fourth in the 2007 Vuelta a España. He came fifth in the world championship and sixth in the final UCI ProTour race, the Giro di Lombardia, securing the 2007 UCI ProTour with 247 points ahead of Davide Rebellin and Alberto Contador.
He was again named Australian Cyclist of the Year.
Evans was a favourite to win the 2008 Tour de France because Contador was not allowed to participate as his team Astana were not invited. Evans held the yellow jersey from stages 10 to 14. However, during Alpe d'Huez on stage 17, Carlos Sastre of Team CSC took 2 minutes 15 seconds from Evans. By the penultimate stage time trial, Evans needed to ride 1-minute 34 seconds faster than Sastre. He beat Sastre and jumped to second place but remained 58 seconds behind at the end of the Tour.
While recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, Evans contested the 245 km men's road race at the Beijing Olympics, finishing 15th, 22 seconds behind Samuel Sánchez. He placed fifth in the road time trial four days later.
Evans won the men's World Championship road race in Mendrisio, Switzerland on 27 September. The win came shortly after his third placing in the Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain), during which he wore the gold leader's jersey for a day, although his race was marred by mechanical failure in the way up the Sierra Nevada mountain finish. A combination of poor team support and poor form hampered his 2009 Tour de France campaign and he was only able to finish in 30th place, 45 minutes behind winner Alberto Contador. He also scored victories in the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré and the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali.
The season saw Evans become one of Australia's most successful cyclists with two podium places at the Tour de France. He has joined an elite group of cyclists who have all worn all three leaders jerseys; the Maglia Rosa leaders jersey at the Giro d'Italia (Tour of Italy) in 2002, the Yellow leaders jersey for 4 days in the 2008 Tour de France, and the Gold leaders jersey in 2009 in the Vuelta a España. He was awarded Australian Cyclist of the Year for the third time.
There was much speculation at the end of the 2009 season of Evans looking for a new team to better support him at the 2010 Tour. After Evans became world champion he seemed to commit himself fully to helping teammate Philippe Gilbert. To many, this was evidence of a happier relationship between Evans and Silence-Lotto. However, it was then revealed that Evans was to depart the team, with the team citing his reason for leaving was "to look for new challenges".
A biography, Cadel Evans: Close To Flying, was published by Hardie Grant Books in November 2009.
In 2010, Evans moved to the BMC Racing Team. He had success in the 2010 Flèche Wallonne and he held the Maglia Rosa after Stage 2 of the 2010 Giro d'Italia. Evans won stage seven of the Giro with a dominating sprint from the front of a small group, after resisting to numerous attacks from Alexander Vinokourov in the final 10 kilometres (6.2 mi). This stage was later dubbed as "the mud stage", since it was raining profusely and the path of the race was going through dirt roads, resulting in unrecognisable riders. Evans finished the Giro 5th overall, winning the Maglia Rosso Passione (Points Classification) and the Azzurri d'Italia Classification. Evans also held the yellow jersey for stage nine of the 2010 Tour de France while riding with a hairline fracture in his left elbow caused during a crash in the previous stage. He lost significant time to the leaders during stage nine, which lost him the yellow jersey and put him out of serious contention for overall victory. He ended the tour in 26th place, 50min 27sec behind Alberto Contador.
Evans had a much more successful start to 2011, winning stage 4 and the general classification at the Tirreno–Adriatico, and the general classification at the Tour de Romandie, both of which form part of the 2011 UCI World Tour. Skipping the Giro d'Italia, Evans prepared for the 2011 Tour de France by finishing as runner-up in the Criterium du Dauphine, one of the major Tour warm up events.
Evans finished second on stage one of the Tour de France, and won stage 4, the second Tour de France stage win of his career. Evans then led the mountains classification after stage 4 for a single day. As the tour continued Evans was looked upon often to chase down breakaways in order to preserve his position in the top 5 of the general classification (GC) and in order to maintain time gaps that he believed he could strategically make up in the individual time trial of stage 20. During stage 19 of the Tour, Evans was forced to chase an early breakaway containing the GC contenders and led by three time champion Alberto Contador. However, he experienced mechanical trouble and was forced to change bikes. He again led the peloton to pull back the contender group, keeping himself within striking distance for overall victory by remaining just under a minute behind Andy Schleck.
On the time trial, the last stage before Paris, Evans took the lead of the general classification by 1' 34" after finishing close second in the stage, beating previous race leader Andy Schleck by 2' 31". With the win he became the first Australian to win the Tour de France and the oldest to win the overall general classification in the post-war era. Evans' win elicited much celebration in his home nation with calls for a national holiday as his win was compared to that of the 1983 America's Cup which was considered Australia's greatest sporting achievement. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard personally phoned to congratulate Evans saying that "I do want to say a very big congratulations to Cadel Evans. I had the opportunity this morning to speak and to personally offer my congratulations. I believe I disturbed him while he was trying to get a nice, hot bath."
Evans himself commented on his win immediately following the tour admitting he was unsure of how his win would be felt in Australia, he said that "I haven't had time to consider that aspect, to be honest. It's been a long, long process and it will take a long time to realise what it means. A few people always believed in me and they're the people that matter the most. We did it. It's been a real pleasure these past three weeks." At a homecoming parade held on his return to Australia, tens of thousands of people turned out, many dressed in yellow and waving yellow flags, in Melbourne's Federation Square. A state reception was held in his honour.
Early in the season, Evans won the overall classification of the 2.HC Critérium International, a three stage race held in March. He was victorious on the second stage, a 6.5 km (4.0 mi) individual time trial, and held on to his lead in the third and last stage, grabbing the Points Classification jersey. Evans also took a prestigious victory on stage 1 of the Critérium du Dauphiné after attacking on the last descent, catching and out sprinting the two men who were at the front of the race, Jerome Coppel (Saur-Sojasun) and Andrey Kashechkin (Astana). Evans finished in third position in the general classification, with the Points Classification jersey on his shoulders.
Evans started the 2012 Tour de France with high hopes of a repeat performance from 2011. On stage 7, Cadel showed great form by finishing second atop La Planche des Belles Filles, registering the same time as rival Bradley Wiggins of Team Sky, the latter grabbing the yellow jersey. Evans then lost a substantial amount of time on the ninth Stage individual time trial, coming in sixth place with a deficit of one minute and forty three seconds on the winner Wiggins, who dominated the race. He suffered another setback in the high mountain stage from Albertville to La Toussuire-Les Sybelles (Stage 11), where he tried a daring attack with team-mate Tejay van Garderen 7 km (4.3 mi) away from the summit of the Col de la Croix de Fer with almost 60 km (37.3 mi) to go in the race. The attempted escape failed and he was subsequently dropped on the slopes leading to La Toussuire, being unable to follow the pace set by Wiggins lieutenant Chris Froome. He lost another minute and 26 seconds to the race leader. Stage 14 was neutralised as far as General Classification is concerned by Team Sky and Wiggins since tacks had been thrown on the road, causing Evans to change wheels three times because of punctures. The leader's team instructed the peloton to pedal softly and wait for the riders who had flat tires, including Evans. As BMC Racing Team riders brought Cadel back from his predicament to rejoin the bunch, they saluted Team Sky's car as they crossed the convoy to thank them for the gesture of sportsmanship. Evans dropped out of contention on Stage 16, where he lost contact with the leaders on the penultimate climb, was paced back by teammates on the descent only to be dropped again on the Col de Peyresourde. He slipped to seventh overall, and behind his own team mate Tejay van Garderen. Evans lost further time on the last time trial from Bonneval to Chartres where he was overtaken on the road by van Garderen, despite setting out three minutes ahead of the American. He cited illness to explain his performance. He finished the Tour in seventh position, 15 minutes and 49 seconds down on winner Bradley Wiggins and stated that he would be back as BMC's leader in 2013.
Evans was selected in the Australian teams for the Olympic Road Race and Time Trial. However, after making no impact in the road race, Evans withdrew from the time trial citing fatigue. A couple of weeks later, he cancelled his scheduled participation to the Québec and Montréal World Tour races, stating that he was putting an end to his 2012 racing season because he was exhausted and didn't want to compromise his 2013 campaign.
He is married to Chiara Passerini, an Italian pianist and music teacher whom he met at the end of 2002. Evans proposed to her in 2005, after his first Tour de France. In January 2012, the couple adopted their son Robel, who had been abandoned on the streets of Shashamane, Ethiopia at the age of six months. Evans speaks Italian fluently.
Winning The Sydney Morning Herald 2007 Sports Performer of the Year, Evans pledged to donate his $50,000 winner's prize to charity, including the Amy Gillett Foundation, established in memory of a former Australian rower and cyclist. Gillett was killed on the eve of a stage race in Germany in 2005, when she and her Australian teammates were struck by a car. Another nominated beneficiary was Ian Thorpe's Fountain for Youth, established by the Olympic swimmer to alleviate and treat illness and disease in people under 20. Making the announcement, Evans revealed that Thorpe had visited the Northern Territory Aboriginal community of Barunga where Evans lived until the age of three.
- "Trying to bring awareness of the Tibet movement is something someone in my position can do. I just feel really sorry for them. They don't harm anyone and they are getting their culture taken away from them. I don't want to see a repeat of what happened to Aboriginal culture [in Australia] happen to another culture."
- 1st U-17 XC Australian MTB Champion
- 1st U-19 XC Australian MTB Champion
- 2nd U-19 XC Mountain Bike World Championships
- 3rd U-19 XC Mountain Bike World Championships
- 3rd Individual Time Trial Juniors World Championship
- 1st XC Australian MTB Champion
- 3rd U-23 XC Mountain Bike World Championships
- 9th Atlanta Olympics Mountain Bike Race
- 1st XC Australian MTB Champion
- 2nd U-23 XC Mountain Bike World Championships
- 1st Overall Mountain Bike World Cup
- 1st Overall Tour of Tasmania
- 1st Stage 3
- 1st Young rider's competition Tour Down Under
- 1st Overall Mountain Bike World Cup
- 2nd U-23 XC Mountain Bike World Championchips
- 7th Sydney Olympics Mountain Bike Cross Country
- 1st Overall Tour of Austria
- 2nd Team Relay Mountain Bike World Championships
- 1st Individual Time Trial Commonwealth Games
- 1st Stage 5 Tour Down Under
- 1st Stage 1 Settimana Ciclistica Internazionale
- 1st Stage 4 International UNIQA Classic
- 2nd Road Race Commonwealth Games
- 3rd Overall Tour de Romandie
- 14th Overall Giro d'Italia
- 1st Stage 7 Deutschland Tour
- 8th Overall Tour de France
- 1st Overall Tour de Romandie
- 1st Stage 5
- 1st King Mountains Competition Tour Down Under
- 4th Overall Tour de France
- 7th Overall Tour of California
- 9th Overall Tour de Suisse
- 1st Stage 9 (ITT)
- Champion UCI ProTour
- 1st Stage 2 ITT Test Event Beijing 2008
- 1st Stage 1 Part B TTT Settimana Ciclistica Internazionale Coppi-Bartali
- 2nd Overall Tour de France
- 1st Stage 13 (ITT)
- 2nd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
- 4th Overall Vuelta a España
- 4th Overall Tour de Romandie
- 6th Giro di Lombardia
- 1st Overall, Settimana internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
- 1st Stage 3
- 1st Stage 4 Paris–Nice
- 2nd Overall Tour de France
- 2nd La Flèche Wallonne
- 2nd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
- 3rd Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
- 1st Stage 2
- 7th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
- 1st Road Race World Champion
- 2nd Overall Settimana internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
- 1st Stage 5
- 2nd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
- 3rd Overall Vuelta a España
- 4th Overall Vuelta al País Vasco
- 5th La Flèche Wallonne
- 1st La Flèche Wallonne
- 3rd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
- 5th Overall Giro d'Italia
- 4th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
- 6th Overall Tour Down Under
- Tour de France
- 1st Overall Tour de France
- 1st Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
- 1st Stage 6
- 1st Overall Tour de Romandie
- 2nd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
- 7th Overall USA Pro Cycling Challenge
- 8th Overall Volta a Catalunya
- 1st Overall Critérium International
- 3rd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
- 7th Overall Tour de France
- 1st Stage 4 Tour of Alberta
- 3rd Overall Giro d'Italia
- Held Maglia Rosso Passione from Stages 9–11
- 3rd Overall Tour of Oman
- 8th Overall Giro del Trentino
Grand Tour general classification results timeline
WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP
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