Cadel Evans Biography, Life, Interesting Facts
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Childhood and Early Life
Cyclist Cadel Evans was born on the 14 February 1977 in Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia. Evan’s father Paul was council foreman and his mother Helen worked in finance. Evan’s parents separated when he was nine, and he left the Northern Territory with his mother. Initially, they lived in Armidale NSW, then later on in Melbourne. Around this time, his mountain bike riding skills won him a scholarship to attend the Australian Institute of Sport in Burton, ACT.
After leaving the Northern Territory, Cadel Evans enrolled at the Newling Public School in Armidale NSW, then later studied at the Eltham High School in Melbourne, Victoria.
Rise To Stardom
In 1995, Cadel Evans after was accepted into the Australian Institute of Sport’s mountain bike programme. He excelled and quickly started winning medals. His first medal was winning bronze at the 1995 Junior World Mountain Bike Championship. Then, the same year, Cadel Evans won another bronze at the Junior World Road Time Trial Championship. In 1998 and 1999, he won the cross-country event in the Mountain Bike World Cup.
In 2001, Evans turned his attention to becoming a professional road cyclist.The first team was Saeco (2001), then he joined Mapei (2002) and Team Telekom (2003-2004).
Cadel Evans had a decisive win in 2006, the Tour de Romandie. In an exciting finish, he beat Alejandro Valverde and Alberto Contador in the closing stages of the race. The following year, he did well in the Tour de France (2007) coming in second behind his Spanish rival, Contador. Evan’s came second in the 2008 Tour de France. The 2008 winner was Carlos Sastre of Spain. Evans also participated in the 245 km road race at the Beijing Olympics that year. He finished 15th behind Samuel Sanchez.
Cadel Evan’s did not have an excellent Tour de France in 2009. His team support was inadequate, and his form was not up to his usual standard. He finished 30th. Then in 2011, he won the Tour de France, delighting his fans back home in Australia. He was Australian to win the Tour de France. Evans hoped to emulate his success at the 2012 Tour de France, but only managed sixth place.
In 2015, Evans rode in the inaugural Cadel Evan Great Ocean Road Race in Victoria Australia. He finished fifth, announcing his retirement from cycling after the race.
Awards And Achievements
The first Australian to win the Tour de France, which he won in 2011 at the age of 34.
On three occasions Cadel Evans was named the Australian Cyclist of the Year. (2006, 2007 and 2009). The Sydney Morning Herald called Evans Sports Performer of the Year in 2007.
In 2013, he was made a member of the General Division of the Order of Australia.
Personal Life And Legacy
In May 2015, Cadel Evans announced that after ten years together, his marriage to Italian musician Chiara Passerini was over. They have a son Robel, who was adopted from Ethiopia by the couple. Evans stated that the reason for the breakup was that his demanding career had put too much strain on their marriage. In 2015, the Courier Mail in Australia reported that Evans had formed a new relationship with Italian skier Stefanie Zandonella.
The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in the state of Victoria, Australia is named after Evans. The iconic road itself is a significant tourist attraction in Australia. It hugs the coastline, was built by Australians during the depression years; and is considered one of the most beautiful coastal drives in the world. Evans spends half his time in residence at Barwon Heads which is on the Great Ocean Road. He also has a home in Switzerland.
Since retirement Cadel Evans has got involved on the business side of cycling, working for BMC, the bike manufacturer, and retailer.