Cadel Evans

Cadel Evans rides to the start line before the road cycling event at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Athlete Biography

Cadel Evans is a four-time Olympian, former World Road Cycling Champion (2009) and memorably won the 2011 Tour de France.

Evans started his career as a cross country cyclist, finishing ninth in the mountain bike race in Atlanta in 1996 and seventh at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Evans then took to road racing and won Tours of Austria (2001, 2004) and Romandie (2006).

He won the 2007 Beijing Olympic time trial event and competed in the road race and individual time trial at the Games, finishing fifth and 16th respectively. In 2007 and 2008 Evans finished the Tour de France in second place overall and in 2009 he was the first Australian to be crowned Road World Champion.

In 2011 Evans conjured one of Australia's greatest sporting achievements to win the Tour de France. At the age of 34, he was the oldest winner of the Tour in the 88 years since Henri Pelissier finished on top in 1923. The first Australian to win the crown, Evans also became only the third champion to have come from outside Europe.

In 2012 Evans battled a stomach upset during the final week of the Tour de France, which left him unable to keep pace with the eventual winner Bradley Wiggins. Evans raced in the road race at the London Olympic Games just weeks later and finished in the peleton, officially in 80th position. Evans was due to contest the Olympic time trial but had to withdraw due to illness. The time trial was won by reigning Tour de France Champion Wiggins.