Cadel Evans got the weight of unfulfilled expectations off his shoulders with a World Championships win in 2009 - similar to that of Peter Sagan in 2015

Tour de France 2011 winner Cadel Evans sees himself in new world champion Peter Sagan: someone undervalued but wins big.

Evans retired on February 1; he too won the Worlds in 2009. The title was a turning point in his career, afterwards joining BMC, winning La Flèche Wallonne and, of course, becoming the first Australian to stand on top of the Tour’s podium.

Team Tinkoff-Saxo’s Sagan came under fire the last two years for falling short in the big one-day monuments. However, he attacked solo in Richmond, Virginia, to win the Worlds. He now has the right to wear the rainbow jersey for one year.

When asked by La Gazzetta dello Sport about 2015’s best performances, Evans said:”I’ll select two, Sagan at the Worlds and Nibali in Lombardia,”

“Not because they are the last ones, and they are the freshest. They are what cycling’s about.

“Behind the wins there’s much character. Take Sagan. Many speak against him, they say that he never wins. A little like me, before the Worlds and Tour…But the talent came out. It was simply inevitable that someone like him would win something important.”

Sagan explained earlier this month that the monuments from Milan-San Remo to Paris-Roubaix are still on his radar. They will be his main goals of the coming 2016 season.

“I’m very proud of this jersey. I can wear it, and I’m also very happy to race in it, I want to and I’ll keep fighting for the best possible results,” Sagan said.

“If I’m going to race, I want to do the classics. [Winning a monument is] what I want to do. I have to try.”

Evans, 38, lives in Switzerland and continues working with BMC Racing as an ambassador.

“Never,” Evans said when asked if he had regrets about retiring.

“I crossed the finish line, drew a line and restarted. The next day, I was on my bike. People used to see me and ask about the upcoming races. Now, they say, ‘How nice to see you riding.'”

  • Malaprop

    Evans grew up in an aboriginal community in the northern end of Australia. He behaves very much the way ‘they’ do in the when in the spotlight. It has nothing to do with being miserable. If you had some experience of that area you’d recognize it. Just like being being unable to take the Pom out of the English. If he’d grown up in Majorca you may have found him more “fun”

  • Todd!

    You mean two ex-MTB riders that race all year round, not always perceived in the greatest light that have shown huge talent, consistently placed at a high level, won numerous races, but never really given the credit they deserve.

    Cadel won the Worlds and would go on to win the Tour and numerous other victories and still is questioned in comments like this articles from viewers – where is the respect..? Perception is he is awkward, yet in reality he’s an open, honest guy that when he talks is worth listening. He got tired of having his words bent out of shape and being asked the same questions.

    Cadel was respected and highly regarded for his ability but also as a rider advocate for safety and riders conditions. Sagan also respects his ability and experiences and I am sure would be happy to see Cadel reflecting on his career with respect and admiration.

  • Gary Jogela

    It’s ok.i know what you meant ala.while I’m here though could they be more different?Cadel-miserable sod,Peter -likes a laugh.

  • Ala alfa

    1,2,3,4

  • Gary Jogela

    34?

  • Adam Beevers

    Peter…..I am your father……

  • captainPerfect

    Cadel isn’t Peter’s dad is he?

  • J1

    I thought he meant in the other way for a second there….I couldn’t think of two more different riders.

  • Ala alfa

    How can they say Peter Sagan can not win, he won many races and also he won races of Tour the France 4 times in one year. Read wikipedia. He has lot of 1.,2,34.He is good rider.

  • Bob

    lmao

  • Gary Jogela

    Errr…peloton that is

  • Gary Jogela

    I thought Cadel meant in a “popular in the peleton” kind of way