Career Achievements

Major results

and silver medals at the 1997 and 1999 under-23 world championships. He won the cross-country event in the Mountain Bike World Cup in both 1998 and 1999. In 1998 Shayne Bannan was the under-23 road cycling coach based in Italy.

In 1997, he rode for the Diamondback MTB team and then for the Volvo-Cannondale MTB team

1993

As a 16 year-old, Evans earned his first national title, taking out first place National Under-17 XC MTB Championships.

1994

The following year, Evans won first place in the National Under-19 XC MTB Championships, Hee attracted international attention when he won second place in the under-19 XC Mountain Bike World Championships.

1995

In the year he started his scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport, Evans won bronze medals at both the 1995 Junior World Mountain Bike Championship and Junior World Individual Road Time Trial Championship.

1996 First Olympics

Evans took part in his first Olympics in 1996. He placed 9th in the Atlanta Olympics Mountain Bike Race. That same year, he earned the honour of placing first in the National XC MTB Championships, and took home the bronze medal at the Under-23 XC Mountain Bike World Championships.

1997

Evans won the first place in the National XC MTB Championships second in the Under-23 XC Mountain Bike World Championships.

1998

In 1998, Cadel Evans successfully placed first overall in the prestigious Mountain Bike World Cup.

1999

In the year before competing in his second Olympics, Evans won four major titles:

  • First Overall Tour of Tasmania
  • First Jersey white Young rider classification Tour Down Under
  • First Overall Mountain Bike World Cup
  • Second Under-23 XC Mountain Bike World Championships

2000 Sydney Olympics

At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Evans placed seventh in the 7th Mountain Bike Cross Country event.

Following this year, Evans progressed to full-time road cycling.

2001

Riding as part of the Saeco team, Evans achieved first place over in the Tour of Austria and the silver medal at the Team Relay Mountain Bike World Championships.

2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games

At the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games, Evans won the gold medal in the Individual Time Trial event and silver medal in the Road Race.

In the Tour Down Under, he went on to achieve:

  • 1st Jersey Mountains classification
  • 1st Stage Five
  • 1st Stage One Settimana Ciclistica Internazionale
  • 1st Stage Four International UNIQA Classic
  • 3rd Overall Tour de Romandie

During 2002, Evans was riding for Mapei.

2003

As part of Team Telekom, Evans placed first in the Jersey Mountains classification of the Tour Down Under.

2004

In 2004, Evans continued to ride as part of Team Telekom. His most notable achievement was winning the first place 1st Jersey Overall Tour of Austria.

2005

Evans place first in Stage 7 of the Deutschland Tour and eighth overall in the 2005 Tour de France.

2006 Named Australian Cyclist of the Year

Evans was named Australian Cyclist of the Year in 2006.

He won first place in the Tour de Romandie and finished fifth in the Tour de France, but was promoted to fourth after the disqualification of apparent winner Floyd Landis due to a failed drug test.

He also wont the following titles:

  • 1st Jersey Mountains classification Tour Down Under
  • 4th Overall Tour de France
  • 7th Overall Tour of California
  • 9th Overall Tour de Suisse
  • 1st Stage 9 (ITT)

2007 Second place in the Tour de France

Only seven years after his full-time road cycling career began, Evans achieved second place in the Tour de France. He also placed:

  • 1st UCI ProTour
  • 1st Stage 2 (ITT) Test Event Beijing 2008
  • 1st Stage 1b (TTT) Settimana Ciclistica Internazionale Coppi-Bartali
  • 1st Stage 13 (ITT)
  • 2nd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
  • 4th Overall Vuelta a España
  • 4th Overall Tour de Romandie
  • 6th Giro di Lombardia

2008 Beijing Olympics

The 2008 season saw Evans become one of Australia’s most successful cyclists after consecutive podium places at the Tour de France. Evans was a favourite to win the 2008 Tour de France, but remained 58 seconds behind at the end of the Tour. He managed to place second.

While recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, Evans contested the 245 km men’s road race at the Beijing Olympics, finishing 15th, 22 seconds behind Samuel Sánchez. He placed fifth in the road time trial four days later.

2009

In this year, Evans joined an elite group of cyclists who have all worn all three leaders jerseys; the Maglia Rosa leaders jersey at the Giro d’Italia (Tour of Italy) in 2002; the Yellow leaders jersey for 4 days in the 2008 Tour de France, and; the Gold leaders jersey in 2009 in the Vuelta a España. He was also awarded Australian Cyclist of the Year for the third time.

Evans won the following titles in 2009:

  • Men’s World Championship road race in Mendrisio, Switzerland
  • Third the Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain),
  • He also scored victories in the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré and the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali
  • 1st UCI World Road Race Championships
  • 2nd Overall Settimana internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
  • 2nd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
  • 1st Jersey Points classification
  • 3rd Overall Vuelta a España
  • Held Jersey after Stage 7
  • Held Jersey after Stages 7–10
  • 4th Overall Vuelta al País Vasco
  • 5th La Flèche Wallonne

The success of the 2009 season was muddied by a combination of poor team support and poor form. This hampered Evans’ 2009 Tour de France campaign. He was only able to finish in 30th place, 45 minutes behind winner Alberto Contador.

There was much speculation at the end of the 2009 season of Evans looking for a new team for the 2010 Tour. It was soon revealed that Evans was to depart the team, with the team citing his reason for leaving was “to look for new challenges”.

2010

In 2010, Evans moved to the BMC Racing Team. He finished first place at the 2010 Flèche Wallonne and fifth at the 2010 Giro d’Italia.

Evans held the yellow jersey for stage nine of the 2010 Tour de France while riding with a hairline fracture in his left elbow caused during a crash in the previous stage. He lost significant time to the leaders during stage nine, which lost him the yellow jersey and caused him to finish the tour in 26th place.

2011 First Australian to win the Tour de France

2011 was a highly successful year for Evans.

He begun the year by winning the general classification at the Tirreno–Adriatico, and the general classification at the Tour de Romandie, both of which form part of the 2011 UCI World Tour.

Evans finished second on stage one of the Tour de France, and won stage 4. He went on to win the 2011 Tour de France, making him the first Australian to win the Tour de France, the second non-European to have officially won it, and the oldest to win the overall general classification in the post-war era.

Evans’ win elicited much celebration in his home nation with calls for a national holiday as his win was compared to that of the 1983 America’s Cup which was considered Australia’s greatest sporting achievement.

Tens of thousands of people attended Evans’ homecoming parade held on his return to Australia, tens of thousands of people turned out, many dressed in yellow and waving yellow flags, in Melbourne’s Federation Square.

2012

Early in the season 2012, Evans won the overall classification of the 2.HC Critérium International, a three-stage race held in March. He finished in third position in the general classification, with the Points Classification jersey on his shoulders.

After a successful 2011 Tour de France, Evans started the 2012 Tour with high hopes of a repeat performance. Evans dropped out of contention on Stage 16, where he lost contact with the leaders on the penultimate climb. He slipped to seventh overall, and behind his own team mate Tejay van Garderen. Evans lost significant time on the last time trial from Bonneval to Chartres where he was overtaken on the road by van Garderen, despite setting out three minutes ahead of the American. He cited illness to explain his performance. He finished the Tour in seventh position, but stated that he would be back as BMC’s leader in 2013.

Evans was selected in the Australian teams for the Olympic Road Race and Time Trial. After making no impact in the road race, Evans withdrew from the time trial, blaming fatigue. Shortly after, Evans cancelled his scheduled participation to the Québec and Montréal World Tour races, stating that he was putting an end to his 2012 racing season because he was exhausted and didn’t want to compromise his 2013 campaign.

2013

Evan’s 2013 season came to a good start after finishing third in the Tour of Oman in presence of a strong field.

The Giro d’Italia featured cold and wet weather, earning a reputation as “one of the more grueling Grand Tours in recent memory.” Evans was secure in second position overall classification leader Vincenzo Nibali, until last mountain stage on the climb of Tre Cime di Lavaredo, which was hindered by snowfall. He still managed to finish on the last step of the podium in the general classification.

Evans was the designated leader of his team in the Tour de France, but encountered difficulties as he was continuously dropped from the leading group in mountainous stages. The Tour concluded with a major disappointment for Team BMC, as Evans took the 39th place.

The 2013 season saw Evans achieve the following:

  • 1st Stage 4 Tour of Alberta
  • 3rd Overall Giro d’Italia
  • 3rd Overall Tour of Oman
  • 8th Overall Giro del Trentino

2014 Evans’ last season

In what would later be known as Evans’ last season, he achieved the following:

  • 1st Jersey Overall Giro del Trentino
  • 2nd Overall Tour Down Under
  • 2nd National Road Race Championships
  • 5th Overall Tour du Haut Var
  • 6th Overall Tour of Utah
  • 1st Stages 6 & 7
  • 7th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
  • 7th Strade Bianche
  • 8th Overall Giro d’Italia

2015 Announced his retirement

Following achieving fifth place in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, Evans’ announced his retirement.

He also placed 3rd Overall Tour Down Under that year, and went on to take the role of Global Ambassador for the BMC Racing Team.

2017

Evans briefly came out of retirement in 2017 and won first place of the Overall Masters Absa Cape Epic.

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