Cadel Evans Features – The RIDE Archives
Over the years the publishers of RIDE Cycling Review and the Australian edition of the Official Tour de France Guide, RIDE Media, has written thousands of words about Cadel Evans, the first Australian to win the Tour de France. The publisher, Rob Arnold, also wrote Evans’ biography ‘Close to Flying’ (published by Hardie Grant in 2009). On this page, you’ll find links to several features about this most enigmatic rider. He has featured on the cover of RIDE Cycling Review six times since 2002 – and the cover of the Tour Guide on six occasions.
Here is a compilation of various pieces about Evans that have been published by RIDE Media over the years.
• Cadel Evans: Q&A January 2012 – Expectations from the season.
Transcript from an interview conducted via Skype during the 2012 Tour Down Under – when the Tour de France champion had just arrived at a training camp in Spain and the BMC team called a press conference with Evans during the first WorldTour event of 2012.
• Cadel Evans: Tour de France Winner – Part 02 (RIDE #53, 2011)
The Making of Cadel. Success in the 2011 Tour de France was a long time in coming. To understand what the victory by Cadel Evans means, it’s important to retrace some steps he took before reaching the top of the Tour de France’s podium.
• Cadel Evans: Working on a dream (Official Tour de France Guide – Australian Edition, 2009)
After two years of finishing second in the Tour de France, things were looking promising for the 2009 edition. The theme song for Evans’ pre-Tour campaign in his final season with Silence-Lotto was ‘Working on a dream’ by Bruce Springsteen… it would turn into a race he’d rather forget but this is what it was like leading up to the Grand Départ in Monaco in 2009.
“If a GC guy is going to win a one-day race, it might as well be the big one.” So read the introduction to the world championship feature at the end of the 2009 season. The race in Mendrisio was in his European backyard; Cadel Evans was on the roads he would conquer. The victory created history. It was a beautiful moment for cycling – one earned in style by an honest guy…
• Cadel Evans: Exclusive interview 2008 (Official Tour de France Guide – Australian Edition, 2008)
This was the year he would first wear the number-one ‘dossard‘ in the Tour de France. Cadel Evans had finished second in 2007 and the defending champion, Alberto Contador, was not going to be part of the line-up in 2008… so the runner-up from the year before was the favourite. This is a report on how Evans handled the lead-up to the 95th Tour…
• Cadel Evans: 2007 Tour de France Review (RIDE #38, 2007)
It was a bizarre Tour de France, when the rider who was poised to take the title was tossed out of the race by his own team only a few days before the finish. Alberto Contador would win the title for the first time… and an Australian would stand beside him on the podium, beaten by only 23 seconds.
• Cadel Evans: Renaissance Man (RIDE #35, 2007)
Rob Arnold spent a week at Cadel’s home in Barwon Heads at the very end of 2006. The publisher of RIDE Cycling Review got to ride with the future Tour de France champion between Christmas and the new year… and get a taste of what preparing for another season is like for one of the world’s most professional riders.