Cadel Evans Appreciation Thread

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Re: Cadel Evans Appreciation Thread

Postby MichaelB » Sun Jul 24, 2011 4:24 pm

You showed them ALL Cadel.

Well done to you and the team. Makes Silence Lotto understand what they really missed out on !!!

Great gutsy rides over three weeks, but especially Stages 17, 18 and 19 when almost everyone kept predicting you would crumble. Hah !!!
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Re: Cadel Evans Appreciation Thread

Postby slackboy72 » Sun Jul 24, 2011 4:45 pm

I remember thinking back in the 90s that I was sick of hearing about this Evans kid winning everything on the junior local XC scene.
Then ditto for the local seniors XC scene.
Then he went overseas and I thought he would be shown up.
But he won and I was genuinely happy for him that he was the real deal.
Then he won the World Championship and I was amazed.
Then he quit and became a road rider and I thought that that was a bad move.
Then he disappeared from my view until Phil Liggett starting mentioning his name in the TDF.
Then watched (almost) every second of his 2007-2008 campaigns.
Was convinced he wouldn't win it.
Saw him win the worlds and thought at least he's got that.
Then hoped things would change with the new Hincapie led BMC team.
Then thought he'd lost it on stage 18 this year.

But last night....

Well done Cadel. It's been a long, long ride.

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Re: Cadel Evans Appreciation Thread

Postby Jean » Sun Jul 24, 2011 6:20 pm

Bravo!
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Re: Cadel Evans Appreciation Thread

Postby sogood » Sun Jul 24, 2011 6:24 pm

Amazing bounce back out of that 2010 ditch. Perfect ITT after two gutsy mountain stages. Congratulations and respect!
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Re: Cadel Evans Appreciation Thread

Postby liamb » Sun Jul 24, 2011 6:44 pm

great to see a humble, honest bloke win an event he has put so much into, especially this TDF. Well done Cadel well done, and well done to the team and all the background people who made it happen

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TdF 2011: as Cadel Evans crosses the finish at Alpe-d’Huez: "I reckon tonight in hindsight he may have won the Tour de France tomorrow." The man Phil Ligget !!!
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Re: Cadel Evans Appreciation Thread

Postby Oxford » Sun Jul 24, 2011 7:05 pm

I appreciate my wife for 6 years ago organising one of her friends to get this for me for my 40th birthday:
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back when Cadel and Robbie were team mates. not a "real" yellow jersey, but a signed yellow jersey nonetheless. think I might have to organise more insurance for it now. I appreciate Cadel's efforts as now it might be worth something other than the sentimental value to me.
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Re: Cadel Evans Appreciation Thread

Postby HAKS » Sun Jul 24, 2011 7:21 pm

I've followed Cadel since the late 90's when I first got into MTBing. He was my idol back then, watching him dominate the MTB XC World Cup circuit and so forth. I remember my year 9 & 10 school diary & books were all covered in photos of him riding for Volvo Cannondale. To now see him on the top step of the TdF podium is amazing and is truly well deserved. As many have said couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. Well done, we are very proud to call you one of own :).
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Re: Cadel Evans Appreciation Thread

Postby daveywastaken » Sun Jul 24, 2011 8:33 pm

One word for me stands out when i watch Cadel represent himself, team and country on the bike and that is hero.

grats Cadel u deserve this!
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Re: Cadel Evans Appreciation Thread

Postby Parrott » Sun Jul 24, 2011 8:39 pm

Brilliant effort. What a roller coaster of emotions watching the tour capped off with an amazing ride in the race of truth. Thankyou.
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Re: Cadel Evans Appreciation Thread

Postby rockviewau » Sun Jul 24, 2011 8:54 pm

My first real introduction to cycling was naturally standing on the champs elysse in 2005. I wanted to watch armstrong win on the final day and I did. I caught up with my mate the next day and we spoke about "this aussie bloke who came 8th". My mate, with more cycle brain than I, said he would one day win the tour. From then on, I have watched him as much as I could. Now, my mates prediction and my wish for him has come true. All our late nites, bad next days at work are worth it for us now he has shown his skill and brilliance.
His team, wow, they really delivered him to the right spot every race. His work in the Alps was nothing short of amazing. And last night, well, I had tears in my eyes when he was crying.

A life changing moment for Australian sport and hopefully, Australian culture. Im hoping he is able to use his new status to help promote the sport of cycling in our country and promote cycle safety as a whole.

An amazing three weeks!!

Congrats Cadel!!!!!
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Re: Cadel Evans Appreciation Thread

Postby CommuRider » Sun Jul 24, 2011 8:57 pm

slackboy72 wrote:Image



I want the lion!
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Re: Cadel Evans Appreciation Thread

Postby Eugene » Sun Jul 24, 2011 9:03 pm

I am pretty new to cycling but have always enjoyed watching The "Tour", just seeing the fitness and passion is what got me interested,
watching Cadel Evans ride last night was just fantastic, not once did he show any signs of not being able to do it, K after K ripping out time, then putting time onto his lead, just briliant.

He seems like such a nice, humble guy, I hope he wins many, many more, it made me proud to be a Cyclist, even more proud to be an Aussie.

Great work, a perfect ride, with a fantastic team.
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Re: Cadel Evans Appreciation Thread

Postby Mikesbike » Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:22 pm

BoardRider wrote:Very proud to be Australian ,thanks Cadel .How well did he handle all that pressure.
Now I cant sleep.I suppose 0300 is a bit early to go for a ride. Maybe I could just clean my bike.


See how I feel at the end of the tour I may just be keen for a ride :)
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Re: Cadel Evans Appreciation Thread

Postby silkishuge » Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:55 am

Well done Cadel. A modern day Australian hero.

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Re: Cadel Evans Appreciation Thread

Postby DaveOZ » Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:58 am

silkishuge wrote:Well done Cadel. A modern day Australian hero.

Jon


Exactly. My kids are just old enough to understand what he has achieved and they have been luck enough to meet Cadel. My son is only 6yo. All he wants to do now is ride his little bike. Brings a tear to my eye.

Thanks Cadel.
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Re: Cadel Evans Appreciation Thread

Postby Livetoride » Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:00 am

Does anyone know if there is a 'home coming' parade or anything like that.... would be awesome if there was.... would be great for to see everyone out to welcome him home :D :D
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Re: Cadel Evans Appreciation Thread

Postby Sweeper59 » Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:08 am

I read and heard a number of times in the last 24 hours that Cadel's win is up there with Australia winning the America's cup in the '80's.
Well, I reckon that is a load of cr@p!! The America's Cup was an ego trip for millionaire businessmen - and out of the realms of the 99% of the population, whereas Cadel may inspire a whole new generation to cycling - a relatively cheap sport available to almost everyone.
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Re: Cadel Evans Appreciation Thread

Postby slackboy72 » Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:13 am

CommuRider wrote:
slackboy72 wrote:Image



I want the lion!


Well if you can ride 3,431km in 21 days faster than the Schleck brothers you're welcome to it.
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Re: Cadel Evans Appreciation Thread

Postby winstonw » Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:20 am

And congratulations again Cadel and all that helped you win, for the tour is a team effort. However, in your case, your individual effort cannot be overplayed - the 2+ minutes you got back in Stage 19 with no help from your team or a bizarre non response from the peleton, and the 1'50" you got back in the ITT. Your comeback from 07 and 08 is a huge lesson for another generation of Aussies to never give up in the pursuit of a heart inspired goal.

I hope Chiara and you enjoy the victory, and more time together for well deserved R&R.
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Re: Cadel Evans Appreciation Thread

Postby CommuRider » Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:41 am

slackboy72 wrote:
CommuRider wrote:
slackboy72 wrote:Image



I want the lion!


Well if you can ride 3,431km in 21 days faster than the Schleck brothers you're welcome to it.


:lol:

Lion looks ghetto....hands out, whaddyalookingat?
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Re: Cadel Evans Appreciation Thread

Postby Joeblake » Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:24 am

All Hail The Lion King ...

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Re: Cadel Evans Appreciation Thread

Postby backofthebunch » Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:50 am

The pride of Eltham High.

You legend.
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Re: Cadel Evans Appreciation Thread

Postby leguman » Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:20 am

Congratulations Cadel and Team BMC!

What a mountainous effort. I think that a quote from Lance is in order, “that was a demonstration”!!

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Re: Cadel Evans Appreciation Thread

Postby CommuRider » Mon Jul 25, 2011 6:39 pm

My type of cyclist ;-)

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More bubbly

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Re: Cadel Evans Appreciation Thread

Postby philip » Sun Jul 31, 2011 1:16 pm

Nice article by Mike Carlton in smh!

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