Cycling Great Cadel Evans Announces Retirement

“Yes it’s true,” cycling great Cadel Evans wrote. “After a long period of contemplation within, and with those closest to me, I feel it is the right time to end my journey in competitive professional cycling.”

Cadel Evans penned his own valedictory with help from Jason Bakker (manager) and BMC team officials. There had been suspicion, even one or two rumours, but it still came as a jolt to the cycling community.

“It has been the journey of more than a lifetime, something I could never have envisaged when first experiencing the joy of riding a bike on the dirt roads of Bamylli (Barunga) Northern Territory.

“It’s amazing how far two wheels can take a person.”

At 37 Cadel Evans realized his body was failing him. Throughout his career he has embodied professionalism, commitment, and talent. But time stops for no man.

But rather than simply leaving Evans will help groom the next team captain in his final few months of racing. He intends his last race to be the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Classic on February 1 next year. And he wants to win it.

The story of Cadel Evans’ rise to sporting superstardom is unique. He was hospitalised as a child after being kicked in the head by a horse; and was lucky not to have been killed. He found he enjoyed cycling the dirt tracks and dusty roads of the Northern Territory. He fell into mountain bike racing and pursued the spot to its very pinnacle.

Cadel Evans. Photo: www.foxsports.com.au

Cadel Evans. Photo: www.foxsports.com.au

Evans astonished Australian Institute of Sports scientists when they tested him. His aerobic results surpassed even those of Lance Armstrong – confessed drug cheat.

Soon European Road Racing teams were asking him to try out. His mountain biking strength allowed him to maintain a superior top-end speed, which sapped the will of his rivals.

The rest, as they say, is history: Cadel Evans has won just about everything in profession road cycling. Best of all, he won the most hotly contested Tour de France ever in 2011.

In a race amongst the best-of-the-best Evans showed them who was boss.

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