Congratulations to Cadel Evans on realising his dream: 2011 Tour de France Champion and Australia’s first winer of the Tour. Inspiring indeed. You can share your congratulations with Cadel via Twitter.
Cadel even has his own song. Andre Camilleri has written a song about Cadel. You can listen to it here.
John Wilcockson of VeloNews somes it up well â€¦
Evans will be standing atop the Paris podium on Sunday afternoon because of more factors than he could detail in his 20-minute press conference. He said, â€œI want to thank everyone who has helped me since I was 14 years old â€¦ when I first saw the Tour de France on TV.â€
Then, in a wavering, tear-filled voice, Evans paid homage to his longtime Italian sports trainer Aldo Sassi, who died of brain cancer last December, for teaching him the preparation and training skills that have made him a champion. Evans said how his winning the world road championship at Mendrisio in 2009 had made Sassi so truly happy.
The new yellow jersey then recalled a conversation he had with his guru last year before Sassi died: â€œHe told me, â€˜I am sure you can win a grand tour, and for you it has to be the Tour de France, the greatest race in the world. And then you will be the most complete rider of your generation.â€
And it was by being just that, a champion who inspired his troops to a stunning second place in the team time trial, who won an epic stage himself on a rain-soaked Breton hilltop, who rode constantly near the head of the peloton protected by his own red guard, who bravely defended his chances with spectacular rides through the Alps â€¦ and who then finished it off with an individual time-trial performance worthy of the greatest Tour champions.
And he has done it in what has been one of the greatest-ever Tours.