After twice playing bridesmaid to Alberto Contador at the Tour de France, Cadel Evans has a championship to call his own. And that means this is Evans' moment in the spotlight. So let's take a minute or two to get to know this amazing cyclist.
Cadel Evans Fun Fact No. 1: Evans Dominates On and Off Road
Evans made the switch to road racing from mountain biking, and now he is a champion at both. He began his mountain biking career riding for the Diamondback MTB team before moving onto the Volvo-Cannondale MTB team.
It was with Volvo-Connondale that he won the World Cup in 1998 and 1999. He also placed seventh in the men's cross-country mountain bike race at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.
Cadel Evans Fun Fact No. 2: He Will Never Win Mr. Congeniality Award
If I spent day after day manually pedaling a myself and a bicycle up the side of a mountain, I would probably get a little grumpy. I can only speculate on this fact. What I don't have to speculate on is that Cadel Evans can be a little grumpy after races.
In this video, taken in 2008, we find Cadel Evans in an interview after a grueling Stage 10 climb to Hautacam. Cadel Evans does not seem particularly happy to be being interviewed. He rushes off and someone reaches towards Evans, and apparently touches him.
Evans was not appreciative that his bubble was violated. He lashes out with a violent swat while scorning, "Don't touch me!"
Cadel Evans Fun Fact No. 3: Evans is Taking Australian Cycling to a New Level
Just being Australian typically is enough to warrant a fun fact, but since Evans is an Australian cycling pioneer, we are combining these entertaining facts.
The Land Down Under is better known for kangaroos, swimming, vegemite sandwiches and large knives and bigger beers than they are for cycling. Evans may be adding to their legacy.
Evans was the first Australian to win the UCI Road World Championships in September of 2009, and now he is the first ever Australian winner of the Tour de Fance.
Cadel Evans Fun Fact No. 4: Evans Wants to Free Tibet
We already spoke of Evans temperamental behavior at the 2008 Tour de France. Maybe he forgot about the shirt he was wearing. Evans undershirt featured a flag of Tibet. During the Tour, he explained his reasoning:
"Trying to bring awareness of the Tibet movement is something someone in my position can do. I just feel really sorry for them. They don't harm anyone and they are getting their culture taken away from them. I don't want to see a repeat of what happened to Aboriginal culture [in Australia] happen to another culture."
As long as the Tibetans don't try touch him, they should get along fine.