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London Olympics 2012 Profile: Cadel Evans

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Australian cyclist Cadel Evans has had numerous past successes as a triple Olympian, Tour de France champion and two-time Tour de France runner-up and a former World Champion. Ever since his career started as a cross-country cyclist, Evans has risen the ranks steadily. In the 1996 Atlanta Olympics he finished ninth in the new sport of mountain biking and in the 2000 Sydney Olympics he finished seventh. After his Olympic stint, he won the Tours of Austria in 2001 and 2004 and Romandie in 2006. In 2007 and 2008, Cadel Evans was the runner-up for Tour de France. And in 2011, he finally clinched the win at the coveted Tour de France making him the first Australian and the oldest champion at 34 years old.

Full Name: Cadel Lee Evans

Birthday: February 14, 1977 (35 years old)

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

Stats: 5'9", 150 lbs.

Family: Father- Paul Evans, Mother- Helen Cocks, Wife- Chiara Passerini, Son- Robel Passerini-Evans

Birthplace: Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia

Hometown: Armidale, South Wales, Australia

Residence: Stabio, Switzerland

Schools: Newling Public School, Eltham High School

Nicknames: Cuddles, Diesel

Olympics participated in: 1996 Atlanta (9th place), 2000 Sydney (7th place), 2008 Beijing (16th place)

Grand Tours: Tour De France- General Classification (2001), 2 Individual Stages (2007, 2011); Giro d'Italia- Points Classification (2010), Individual Classification (2010)

Stage Races: Critérium International (2012), Tour of Austria (2001, 2004), Tour de Romandie (2006, 2011), Tirreno-Adriatico (2011), Settimana internazionale di Coppi e Bartali (2008)

Single Day-Races & Classics: World Road Race World Champion (2009), La Flèche Wallonne (2010)

Other Medals: Commonwealth Games 2002 (silver), World Championships 2009 (gold)

Team: BMC Racing Team

Discipline: Road

Role: Rider

Rider Type: All-Rounder

Social Media/Website:

cadelevans.com.au

facebook.com/pages/Cadel-Evans/19509902799

twitter.com/cadelofficial

Philanthropy: donated $50,000 to Amy Gillett Foundation and Fountain of Youth, supported freedom for Tibet, participated in Suit Up & Ride 2011 to support Orygen Youth Health

Other facts about Evans: Evans was born in 1977 with a broken nose. … At the age of eight, he went into a coma after being kicked in the head by a horse. … He is a self-confessed Tintin fan with a Tintin picture on his bedroom wall. … At 34, Evans is the oldest champion of Tour de France since World War II. … Became known as the "nearly man" when he was the runner-up for the Tour de France in 2007 and 2008. … Though he lives in Stabio, Switzerland during the racing season, he spends every year in Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia.

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Kathrine grew up watching the Olympics and has since been an avid viewer. She enjoys cycling and opts for bicycling rather than owning a vehicle. She is excited to watch Michael Phelps swim again and is hoping that the Philippines will clinch its first gold medal this year.

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