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Cadel's Finale - Tour Down Under 2015

October 22, 2014
Cadel's Finale - Tour Down Under 2015

One of Australia’s greatest ever athletes, pro cyclist Cadel Evans has announced he will race the 2015 Santos Tour Down Under one more time ahead of his retirement in 2015.

Cadel of course became a household name around the world when he won the 2011 Tour de France GC. His retirement will however, end an illustrious list of palmares that span well beyond that unforgettable victory.

The Santos Tour Down Under in particular shows just how distinguished a career the BMC rider has had, with wins including the Subaru King of the Mountain jersey in 2002, 2003, 2006, and the Young Rider jersey in 1999.

Cadel Evans racing 2

Photo credit to Alex @ TDU

Cadel lost the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under to fellow Aussie Orica-GreenEDGE’s Simon Gerrans by just one second. As South Australian Tourism Minister Leon Bignell suggests, next year’s race might harbour “unfinished business” for the champion.

“All Australians are proud of Cadel’s achievements, and during his nine appearances at the Tour Down Under he has certainly become a crowd favourite,” said Minister Bignell.

Four-time Olympian 37 year old Cadel first started competing in cross-country mountain biking in 1991. By 1994 he was racing criteriums and road races as a means of cross-training for mountain biking. He won the 1998 and 1999 World Cups for cross-country, but it was road riding that sent him into mega stardom. Some of his most brilliant achievements include the 2009 World Championship, 2011 Tour de France, Tirreno-Adriatico and Tour Romandie GC Overall and 2013 Giro d’Italia GC third place.

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Santos Tour Down Under Cadel Evans

Photo credit to Alex @ TDU