July 24, 2011 by staff
Frank Schleck, Australia first won the Tour de France, said his 20-year emotional journey to the top of world cycling. Moments after crossing the line to claim the famous yellow jersey, Evans said: “We did it.” I thank all those who had faith in me. I could not be happier, “she said. Before his trip to Paris, where he was crowned winner after years of anguish and quasi-said,” I cannot believe me. ”
With the coveted yellow jersey took the time trial the day before, at 34 years old, Barwon Head’s rode along the Champs Elysees to complete what many describe as the greatest individual effort in Australian sport.
In the past fortnight Evans has resisted all challenges, he silenced his critics, and beaten his demons.
I could not have looked more relaxed as he sipped champagne during the ceremonial last stage of the race.
“Now I have the yellow number in the yellow jersey and the yellow bike, which is very nice. More than a reality.”
He asked what the victory meant, he said: “It’s 20 years of hard work and going a couple of times.
“This is the price of more than 20 years of hard work.”
When asked if he had a message for his fans, Evans said: “I hope you liked from where I sat was fun.”
Crowds along the streets of Paris and millions cheered the runner-up twice in the biggest race in the world of cycling more around the world watching.
Evans secured the victory with a crushing test yesterday morning to relegate leader Andy Schleck, Luxembourg,
To second place.
After the leg of the race Evans said critics who had written off – especially after he had failed to win in 2008, when he was the favorite.
“It’s been 20 years since I saw my first Tour de France Miguel Indurain was to win,” he said.
“In all that time, many people believed that – well, not as many people have believed in me as you might think.
“A few key people have supported me when everyone doubted me. Nobody wanted to meet in August 2008.”
Evans’s efforts were hailed far and wide yesterday.
Six-time Tour de France competitor Stephen Hodge Evans praised for its strategy and preparation and mindset hardened by two previous tours to happen.
“I think everything has gone to build a mood in which he would win the yellow jersey or die trying to do,” said Hodge. “It was a mad cyclist.”
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