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Well Done Cadel Evans!
Great sporting hero, shows what really nice people us cyclists are. Couldn't want a better person to represent his country for this sport!
Congrats Cadel, enjoy it. No one can take this away from you now. FOREVER.
Amateur oenologist and green-friendly commuter.
Congratulations Mr Evans, you took on the best in the biggest test there is and stood strong all the way.
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
I first met Cadel in 2008 when I took him for a few laps in my Lotus race car. He is a true champion and gritty competitor. Well done on the win mate. You have achieve it all now.
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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.
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
On Friday night I just knew he could do it. Cadel just looked so darned strong clawing his way back after the mechanical.
My original plan was to do a 'permanent' 200 km solo brevet in the WA wheat belt starting at 7:00AM about an hours drive from Perth.
Friday's stage put paid to that, I just had to stay up and watch a fantastic night's racing. Anyway, started at 9:15AM instead and during the day I frequently thought about the possibilities for Cadel in the time trial. Just thinking about it spurred me along. Inspiration to go faster*and inspiration to get home faster so that I could ride over to the TDF soiree that I had been invited to. Everyone at the party were very happy and gave Cadel a rousing applause when he stepped onto the podium.
Very proud of Cadel and the guts and composure that he has shown and very happy for him after some frustrating Tours in 2007-2010.
* 200.7 km at avg speed 29 kmh - yes I know, I'm no Cadel Evans but he's 18 yrs younger than me!
Well done Cadel
You have just shown the true meaning of....true grit and determination.
I don't suffer fools easily and so long as you have done your best,you should have no regrets.
so modest and humble, a great deserving champion.....
I, like many others no doubt, have sore legs this morning after riding the last three days with you trying to egg you on.... you've done yourself and everyone proud..... repect mate, you've got it......
Just an ol' man, riding an ol' bike.... every hill feels like Alpe d'Heuz....
What draws me to Cadel is his tenacity and ability to bury himself. Thats what really got me into cycling when I saw him in 2007 in the Tour. A guy laying it all on the line on the world stage. The fact I've seen him lose and blow up makes me appreciate his achievements even more. He not invincible, he's human a hugely determined and gifted one at that.
I don't get overly patriotic about things and I would still support and be inspired by him if he wasn't an Aussie. But the fact he is, and has overcome added adversity in his own profession because of it makes it sweeter.
But whatever his achievements, I like him cause he's a humble and honest guy. I meet him briefly in Sydney after his world champs victory and hes just a normal guy, with an unbelievable amount of determination and superior physiology below the exterior.
Your a legend Cadel. All the best for more success in the future!
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For me he's the face of clean cycling.
Andre Camilleri has written a song about Cadel... you can listen to it here or here.
From the very first stage when he chased Gilbert down to the TTT. He took control and managed the teams effort. His massive effort on Stage 4 to beat Contador. Holding everything together in the Pyrenees. What was truly amazing was his composure in the Alps, when everything looked like it was going wrong on the road to Galibier he was the only one to take control and in the end that's really the ride that won him the Tour (have to watch that stage again). His ride on the Alpe d'Huez was tactically brilliant did'nt panic with the mechanical and then put the hammer down right at the start to nullify the Schlecks showed he had learned the lessons of the past. Then he showed that he was the strongest of the field by doing a monster ITT. All these things really cement this as a Truly iconic Tour, i've heard it said and i agree that its the best Tour since '89. Congratulations Cadel well deserved.
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Res ipsa loquitur
(The thing speaks for itself.)
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Many people feel their lifestyle has a high price, but they're quite cool with that .. as long as somebody ELSE pays the price.
Well done Cadel.
And, well done BMC. I know that he didn't have all the support he could have in the mountains but the way Cadel Evans talked and acted in the last 3 weeks you can see that the BMC team gave him the support anyone needs to win this race. I think the support he got off the bike from his BMC team mates was critical in getting him the win. His attitude and the way he approached the tour was at least partly attributable to this.
Then, on the road he was amazing. His fightbacks on stages 18 and 19 set it up. What an amazing effort for 2 days. Yet he had still retained the energy to ride a brilliant time trial. Now that's good strategy.
This year's tour was amazing too. So much going on, so hard to predict what would happen next.
Congrats, you just won the best TdF I can remember.
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Amateur oenologist and green-friendly commuter.
A supreme effort to return to a Tour that had fallen somewhat short of expectations (personal and public?) for the last five years. with THE hand-assembled team to do it.
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