ASC congratulates Cadel Evans on fabulous career
26 Sep 2014
Australian Sports Commission Chair John Wylie AM today paid tribute to retiring cyclist Cadel Evans, saying he was one of the nation’s great all-time athletes.
“We are privileged to be able to say we were alive and witnessed the feats of Cadel Evans on the international stage,” Wylie said.
“Cadel is a modern-day champion who made his mark in one of the most grueling and globally competitive sports in the world.
“His victory in the 2011 Tour de France is arguably the greatest achievement by an individual in Australia’s sporting history.
“In cities and towns across the country, Australians watched Cadel’s superhuman feat. We set our clocks by his climbs and built our schedules around his descents.
“It united us; it inspired us. It was sport at its best.
“I know there will be a role for Cadel to play in Australian cycling, with the sport’s new leadership keen to build on the popularity he has generated.
“We thank Cadel for the memories and wish him all the best in the future.”
AIS Director Matt Favier also praised Evans for his career, which began with world cup victories in mountain biking in 1998–99.
“We are proud of the role the AIS and the people involved in our cycling programs have played in helping Cadel reaching his potential,” Favier said.
“The stories of how impressive Cadel was on the VO2 max machine when he first arrived for testing at the AIS are legendary.
“He has set a very high benchmark for other Australian athletes to aspire to.
“The AIS will continue to support our best and brightest athletes to reach their full potential so that Cadel’s considerable achievements can be matched — or even bettered — in the future.”
Evans has announced he will retire from cycling in February with his final race being the first edition of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in Victoria.