Monday, July 25, 2011

Cadel Evans: From the outback to Tour de France fame

(CNN) -- Australian Cadel Evans became his country's first ever Tour de France winner after the 21st and final stage of the historic race culminated on the streets of Paris on Sunday.

Evans, who rides for the BMC team, has twice finished runner up in the world's premier cycling event, in 2007 and 2008, and became Australia's first ever world road race champion in 2009.
According to his website, 34-year-old Evans was born in the outback town of Katherine in the Northern Territory and completed his high school education in Eltham, Victoria.
Yet despite his sterling effort on the weekend, Evans seems a little surprised that he was ever on the fast track to sporting greatness.

"It's strange that I could become a professional athlete," he says on his website. "Physically, I was completely unsuitable for almost all Australian school sports. Nearly all Australian school sports require speed and/or size."

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