Cadel Evans

Cadel Evans

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Cadel Lee Evans (, born 14 February 1977) is an Australian professional racing cyclist for UCI ProTeam and winner of the 2011 Tour de France. In 2007, Evans became the first Australian to win the UCI ProTour. Before turning to road cycling in 2001, Evans was a champion mountain biker, first riding for the Diamondback MTB team, then for the Volvo-Cannondale MTB team, winning the World Cup in 1998 and 1999 and placing seventh in the men's cross-country mountain bike race at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. He became the first Australian to win the UCI Road World Championships cycling event on 27 September 2009 in Mendrisio, Switzerland. In 2011, Evans became the first Australian to win the Tour de France.

Early life

Cadel was born on 14 February 1977 at the Katherine Hospital, Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia, to Helen Cocks, a bank manager, and Paul Evans, a council foreman. He spent early childhood in the small aboriginal community of Barunga, 80 km east of Katherine. At the age of seven, Cadel was hit in the head by a horse, and spent seven days in an induced coma. In 1986, his parents separated and he moved with his mother to Armidale, New South Wales, and later to Victoria. Skateboarding was one of his teenage interests. His father describes him as a good student, but otherwise just an ordinary kid who would leave his toys around; "Not in ...
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