Photo gallery: the long and distinguished career of Cadel Evans

by Matt de Neef

As he crossed the finish line in Geelong on Sunday, in the inaugural race named in his honour, Cadel Evans called time on a professional cycling career that had lasted two decades, most of it on the road. It had been a long an illustrious career with victories in two of the biggest bike races on the planet – the Tour de France and the Road World Championships – and many more besides. In this piece we look back at some of those memorable moments and reflect on the career of Australia’s greatest ever cyclist.

Cadel Evans’ story is well known. He was a champion mountain biker in the early part of his career, winning a couple of World Cups in the late 1990s and finishing seventh on the dirt at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Despite focusing his attention on mountain biking in those early days, Evans showed great promise on the road as well.

A break-out performance at the Tour of Tasmania in 1999 – when he won on the mountain-top finish to Mt. Wellington — famously prompted Phil Liggett to claim that Evans would one day win the Tour de France. The veteran commentator was right, but it would take Evans more than a decade to get there.

It was several years until Evans make the switch to the road full-time, joining Saeco in April 2001. He rode with Mapei-QuickStep in 2002, before joining Telekom in 2003, which became T Mobile in 2004. From 2005 through to 2009 Evans rode with the Lotto setup, initially known as Davitamon-Lotto before becoming Predictor-Lotto (2007) and then Silence-Lotto (2008-09).

After winning the World Championships in late 2009, and in search of greater support for his Grand Tour ambitions, Evans moved to BMC in 2010. He would race for the US-registered team right up until his retirement last week, netting a whole host of victories along the way. None of them were bigger, of course, than the 2011 Tour de France, a victory that will go down as one of the greatest-ever achievements by an Australian sportsperson.

We hope you enjoy the following selection of memorable moments in the long and decorated career of Cadel Evans.

The following video shows Evans winning his first MTB World Cup race in Wellington, New Zealand, en route to finishing third in the series overall:

The video below shows Evans winning the 1998 World Cup race in Silves, Portugal on his way to winning the series overall. He would go on to win the MTB World Cup the following year as well.

The following is a moving career retrospective put together by Cycling Australia:

And here is a selection of photos from Evans’ long career (primarily on the road):

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