Cadel Evans: Rider Profile

Date of birth: 14/02/1977
From: Katherine, Australia
Team: BMC Racing Team
Previous teams: Silence-Lotto (2005-2009); Team Telekom (2003-2004); Mapei (2002); Saeco (2001); formerly a professional mountain-biker

Cadel Evans career profile
Cadel Evans began his career in professional cycling as a mountain-biker. Evans took back-to-back mountain biking cross-country World Cups yet decided to switch to the road in 2001, riding for the Italian Saeco squad.

Evans impressed many with several major results, including a spell in the maglia rosa at the Giro d’Italia whilst riding for the all-conquering Mapei team.

A move to Team Telekom followed in 2003, but as with many riders who joined the team during the Godefroot-Ullrich era Evans struggled to win favour with the team’s management. Already showing signs of developing into a promising stage racer, Evans was not given the opportunity to ride the Tour de France until joining the Lotto team in 2005.

Evans rode strongly in his debut Tour in 2005, becoming the first Australian to finish in the top ten overall since Phil Anderson in 1981.

The Australian bettered his performance in the same race in 2006, finishing fourth to Oscar Pereiro.

Improving again in 2007, Evans rode strongly throughout the race but failed to overcome Alberto Contador in the final time trial.

Evans entered the 2008 Tour de France as one of the race’s main favourites after Contador’s Astana team was excluded from the race for previous misdemeanours. However, the Australian was once again the bridesmaid and was overwhelmed by the dominance of the CSC team of eventual winner, Carlos Sastre.

Throughout the race, Evans was involved in several confrontational incidents with the media. He used a bodyguard throughout the race and refused to talk with the press at times and even head-butted a camera at one point.

Evans remained with Silence-Lotto team for the 2009 season, where he ultimately failed to make an impact on the Tour de France but placed third overall in the Vuelta a Espana.

Evans used his condition from the Vuelta a Espana to win the 2009 World Championship road race in Switzerland in September with a blistering solo attack in the final 3km of the race.

In November 2009, Evans announced his sudden departure from the Belgian Silence-Lotto team, and promptly signed with the US-based BMC Racing Team.

In 2011, he became the first Australian to win the Tour de France.

Cadel Evans results
Tour Down Under; stage three
Giro del Trentino; stage three
Giro del Trentino; overall
Tour of Utah; stage six
Tour of Utah; stage seven

Tour of Alberta; stage four

Criterium International; stage two ITT
Criterium International; overall
Criterium International; points classification
Criterium du Dauphine; stage one
Criterium du Dauphine; points classification

Tirreno-Adriatico; stage six
Tirreno-Adriatico; overall classification
Tour de Romandie; overall classification
Tour de France; stage four
Tour de France; overall

La Fleche Wallonne
Giro d’Italia; stage seven

Criterium du Dauphiné Libéré; prologue
Criterium du Dauphiné Libéré; points classification
Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali; stage five
World road race Championships

Paris-Nice; stage four
Settimana internazionale di Coppi e Bartali; stage three
Vuelta a Andalucia; stage two

UCI ProTour; overall winner
TT test event, Beijing

Tour de Romandie; overall
Tour de Romandie; stage five

Tour of Austria; overall
Tour of Austria; stage two

Settimana Ciclista Internazionale; stage one
Tour Down Under; stage five
International UNIQA Classic
Commonwealth champion, TT

Tour of Austria; overall

Mountain bike World Cup; overall

Mountain bike World Cup; overall

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