Speakers Profile - Cadel Evans

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Cadel Evans was born on Valentine's Day in 1977 and became a household name in 2011 winning the Tour de France.

He started off his career as a mountain biker and won the World Cup in 1998 and 1999. He also placed 7th in the men?s cross-country mountain bike race at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Cadel Evans became a full-time road cyclist in 2001 and gradually made his way up through the ranks. He placed a distinct second at the Tour de France in the years 2007 and 2008 (seconds behind the winner). He was also the first Australian to win the UCI ProTour in the year 2007 and the UCI Road World Championships in the year 2009. His winning streak continued to the prestigious Tour de France win, racing for the BMC Racing Team. He is amongst the oldest cyclists to have won this event.

Evans started cycling at 2 years of age in his 16" BMX and started competing aged 14. He was very successful at the under twenty three tournaments winning silver medals at the World Championships in 1997 and 1999. He also placed third in the junior world bike championship and junior world road time trial.

In the year of 2000, after consulting Michele Ferrari and under the management of Mr. Tony Rominger, he shifted to full time road cycling.

Cadel Evans was named Australian Cyclist of the Year in 2006 and 2007. In 2007 he was also named The Sydney Morning Herald Sports Performer of the Year pledging his $50,000 prize money to charity.

He lives between Switzerland and Australia with his wife Chiara and continues his dedication to his sport, family and charitable causes.