Cadel Evans is a professional bicycle racer hailing from the Commonwealth nation of Australia and is the reigning champion of the most prestigious event in the sport, the Tour de France which he won for the first time in 2011. Evans began his career on the mountain bike and he even the World Championship for two consecutive years in 1998 and 1999 and finished in 7th position at the Sydney Olympic Games of 2000 in the men’s cross country mountain bike race event. After winning almost everything that there was to win in terms of individual prize in mountain biking, he turned his attention to cycling and became a full professional at the start of the 2001 season, specializing in road cycling. After having been a world champion in another sport, it would have been very difficult for any other person to start from scratch but that was not the case with Cadel Evans. He started from the very bottom in road cycling and slowly progressed through the ranks through hard work, dedication and determination and all this paid off handsomely when he finally got his hands on the holy grail of cycling, the Tour de France title.
Evans was also the runner up in the Tour de France on two consecutive occasions in 2007 and 2008. He also wrote his name into the history books when he won the UCI Pro Tour of 2007, thereby becoming the first Australian to do so. He also won the 2009 UCI World Championships, which was his first world title in all forms of cycling. But the ultimate prize in road cycling, the Tour de France still eluded him and after finishing second on two consecutive occasions, Cadel Evans was riddled with bad luck for the next two seasons, crashing out both times. He came back strongly in 2011, and riding for the BMC racing Team, he led throughout the competition and ultimately achieved his dream. Winning the title at the age of 34 years put Evans on the list of the top five oldest winners.
It was reported after his Tour de France win that he would call it quits and retire from professional cycling but Evans quickly moved to dispel all those rumors and said that he wanted to repeat the feat of Lance Armstrong and compete for many more years at the event and with his fitness, Cadel Evans can easily achieve that.