In a nod to the cancelation of the Australian international cycling calendar, we are turning our gaze Down Under for a week of feature stories, interviews, historical analysis, and other content to celebrate Australian cycling as part of Aussie Week.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since Cadel Evans made history by becoming the first Australian to win the Tour de France.
Incredibly enough, by 2011, some people had written off Evans despite him twice being second. A move to the second-tier BMC Racing outfit in 2010 was seen by some as a step down for Evans, but he quickly proved the doubters wrong. In what was a thrilling tactical battle between Andy Schleck and the rogue attacker Thomas Voeckler, Evans finally captured the yellow jersey on the final time trial stage.
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VeloNews recently spoke with Evans about how he managed the tactical squeeze during that year’s historic Tour. Here are excerpts from the interview: