Cadel Evans to retire February 2015

After a gritty career, Cadel Evans will retire from professional cycling on February 1

Australian Cadel Evans, the 2011 Tour de France winner and 2009 world road champion, will retire from professional cycling on February 1, 2015, according to an Italian sporting newspaper.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reported Monday that the decorated 37-year-old rider will hang it up after riding next season’s Tour Down Under, in January, and then taking part in the Great Ocean Road Race, which bears his name, on February 1.

Evans is far from finished yet, however. He still has the UCI Road World Championships on his plate this season, as part of a stacked Australian national squad, which includes recent winners Simon Gerrans, Adam Hansen, and Michael Matthews.

Evans (BMC Racing) came to the sport from mountain biking — he won the overall World Cup series titles in 1998 and 1999 — and established himself as one of the toughest general classification riders of his generation after making the switch to road racing full time in 2000. His palmares is as impressive as it is thorough; he won the 2011 Tour, and finished in the top 10 at the Tour on six occasions.