Cadel Evans said that he would be ending his career with the satisfaction that he has been able to accomplish all that he could. He said that he would ride for the last time at the inaugural Cadel Evans Great Ocean road race scheduled to be held on February 2015.
Winning the world championships road race in 2009 and 2011 Tour de France are the highlights of his career. Even though he finished second in many races, he said that he doesn’t have any regrets.
He said that even though winning Tour de France 2011 and World Championships of 2009 are regarded as his two greatest achievements, he especially takes pride in his consistent performance.
Evans started his career as a mountain biker and he won many medals in many junior and youth level world championships. He won two world titles consecutively in 1998 and 1999, he was already in the process of making a transition to road racing by then. He got the seventh position in mountain biking in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Two years after that he won gold in the road time trial race in Commonwealth Games. After that he focused entirely on road racing.
His other noteworthy accomplishments are winning the Fleche Wallone of 2010, 2006 and 2011 Tour de Romandie, Tirreno-Adriatico 2011 and the following year’s Criterium International.
There were a few disappointments in his career such as finishing second in the 2007 and 2008’s Tour de France and getting fourth place in the same competition held in the year 2006. He got the second place in 2008’s La Fleche Wallone and finished second for four years consecutively from 2007 at the Criterium du Dauphine. He got the third place in 2009’s Vuelta a Espana and in 2013’s Giro d’Italia.
Evans said that at the very beginning of his career, when he was young, he made a resolution that he won’t have any regrets at the time of his retirement.
After being a professional cyclist for 20 years, as his long career draws to an end, Evans said that he is satisfied because he was able to give his 100% to his sport.