Cadel Evans Tour De France
July 24, 2011 by staff
Cadel Evans Tour De France, Trailblazer Phil Anderson predicts Cadel Evans winning tour de France inspire the next generation of Australian cyclists to match their great deeds. Anderson was a pioneer of Australia’s road cycling in Europe during the 1980s and the first outside Europe to wear the coveted yellow jersey of the Tour.
He was in the crowd in Grenoble on Saturday with a tour group when Evans destroyed race leader Andy Schleck in the time trial of 42.5 miles from start to capture the biggest prize in cycling.
The 34-year-old’s efforts make him the oldest winner of the classic bike in 88 years and only the third non-European champion with Lance Armstrong and Greg LeMond.
Anderson said Australia was cycling very healthy and flourish further as a result.
He believed the nation’s future contenders tourism as Richie Porte, Jack Bobridge and Cameron Meyer feed all the results of Evans breakthrough in the next decade.
“No doubt they are the future,” Anderson said AAP.
“Just as perhaps paved the way in the 1980′s, Cadel is paving the way for the next generation and encourage them to go to the next level.”
During the first 15 km time trial on Saturday, the last man Andy Schleck found his advantage cut to fragments of a wild Evans, one of the rides of their lives.
Evans was pushed to the limit, coming close to crashing badly in a couple of times in the downhill sections before flying away from the Schleck brothers.
Such was the pace of the Australian team bosses ordered BMC slow in the final few kilometers.
“I can not believe,” said Evans.
“I ran the best I could test.”
Anderson was the only one singing the praises of Evans, “as he buried the memories of missing the Tour de France titles in 2007 and 2008, when the broker for less than a minute.
The seven-time Tour champion Lance Armstrong came to Grenoble in time for Evans to turn a deficit of 57 seconds to one minute and 34 seconds ahead in the picturesque heart of the French Alps.
“Congratulations to Cadel Evans. Thatwasademonstration #,” twittered Armstrong.
Evans deserves praise for his efforts, had to pull two spectacular recovery missions in the last two Alpine stages on Thursday and Friday to attract the growing mountain men Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador.
“I had the legs to do it,” said Evans.
“Maybe I did not have the legs to do so in the past years.
“I had no choice and I did what I had to do.
“Hopefully it puts me in this position.”
The Swiss superstar was moved after the time trial after fulfilling the ambitions of his late coach Aldo Sassi of Italy, who died of cancer at 51 late last years.
“He said at one point last year,” I’m sure you can win a big tour (Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Tour of Spain).
“I hope for you is the Tour de France, because that is the largest and most prestigious tour.
“But if you do you will become the most comprehensive pilot of” his generation. ”
It is 97 years since Australia was first performed in the Tour de France.
Anderson said the nation had not waited so long for Australia’s next to climb to the top of the podium on the Champs Elysees in the yellow jersey.
“No child will turn on the TV and see what Cadel has done and will start to think about taking cycling,” he said.
“It shows that it is possible for a boy or a child inside of Melbourne … or wherever.”
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