Known as one of the most likable and greatest cyclists of the 21st century, Cadel Evans officially won the 2011 Tour de France on July 24, 2011. The Australian cyclist has been having a great career and has tremendous talent and athletic ability. To commemorate his Tour de France victory, I have compiled a few of the most important numbers that are associated with Evans.
Statistics are current as of July 24, 2011.
February 14, 1977: Born on February 14, 1977 in Katherine, Australia, Evans is currently only 34-years-old and has already established himself as a great mountain biker and road cyclist.
2000: Among his numerous career accomplishments and awards, the Australian mountain biker competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney in the men’s cross-country mountain bike race. Evans managed to place as the seventh best mountain biker and may compete at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
2001: Previously a mountain biker, Evans decided to become a professional road cyclist in 2001.
2006: Another admirable career accomplishment is that Evans was the 2006 Tour de Romandie victor. Although Alberto Contador or Alejandro Valverde had a solid chance at winning the cycling tournament, Evans was able to win on the last stage of the race.
2006 and 2007: Known for being athletically gifted, Evans rightfully earned the award of being the Australian Cyclist of the Year in 2006 and 2007.
July 29, 2007: One of the many reasons why the Australian road cyclist was given the prestigious award of the Australian Cyclist of the Year in 2007 was because he had an incredible finish at the 2007 Tour de France. Although the Olympic cyclist was not able to win the famous cycling tournament, he managed to come in second place.
2007: In addition to being the 2007 Australian Cyclist of the Year and finishing the 2007 Tour de France in second place, Evans also made headlines when he joined the BMC Racing Team in that same year.
July 24, 2011: Although the BMC Racing Team rider had never won the Tour de France before, he finally ended earned his first career Tour de France win on July 24, 2011.
First: Along with coming in first place at the historic French cycling tournament, Evans became the first ever Australian cyclist to win the tournament.
34-years-old: On a final note, the Australian native is only 34-years-old and may be able to win many more cycling tournaments as he continues to find great success as a professional cyclist.
“Australia celebrates Evans’ Tour de France victory,” Yahoo! Sports.
Naomi Koppel, “Tour champion Evans keeps Australia up late,” Yahoo! Sports.