PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 25, 2014 – Former Tour de France winner Cadel
Evans on Thursday confirmed he will retire from cycling in February.
The 2011 Tour winner and 2009 road race world champion said his final event
will be the inaugural Cadel Evans Great Ocean race on February 1.
Before then he will compete at Sunday’s World Championships in Ponferrada,
Spain, followed by the Tour of Lombardy a week later and January’s Tour Down
“Certainly in 2015 I will race for the BMC Racing Team and I will race a
full season through to the first of February 2015,” said the 37-year-old
“My last race in professional cycling will be the inaugural Cadel Evans
Great Ocean road race.”
Evans admitted it was his dip in form since winning the 2011 Tour that
proved a contributing factor to his decision.
Before that he had twice finished runner-up at the Tour and earnt six
top-five finishes at Grand Tours.
But since that victory, his best results were a third place at the 2013
Giro d’Italia, eighth in that race this year and seventh at the 2012 Tour.
“All along I had no intention to race professionally at a high level at 40
years of age,” he said.
“I never looked at age as a limiter or a factor but I just had a thing that
I never wanted to be a high level racer at 40 years of age: inevitably the
stop is going to come.
“Now I’ve come to a period in my life where I have my family at home
waiting for me and sad to see me go when I come to the airport.
“I have other things in my life this year with the team taking a little bit
of a (different) direction … and with my performances in the Giro this year,
for example, where we did a fantastic preparation, a really good build up
without any troubles.
He added: “I had a fantastic team around me but I wasn’t close enough to
the level I wanted to be and not the level the team hoped I’d be at.
“And that at least shows in the three-week races that the chance of winning
another Grand Tour is probably past me.
“These things are not easy to accept but you have to. These factors on the
bike, in races, within the team and your own life lead you to think ‘maybe now
is a good time to say thank you and I’ll watch from sidelines’.”
After his retirement, the Australian will become a global ambassador for
his current BMC team.
BMC co-owner Jim Ochowicz said keeping Evans on in a consultancy role would
be crucial to help develop the next generation of riders.
“It’s a long story, Cadel and I, meeting almost five years ago to the day,”
“He had a need and I had a need: I needed to get the BMC Racing Team into
the Tour de France and Cadel needed a team that believed in him, and we’ve
proven that to be beneficial to the both of us over the five-year period.
“Winning the 2011 Tour de France with Cadel was an incredible experience
for all of us and throughout this experience we’ve not only been team-mates
but we’ve become friends.
“It’s a great honour to have worked with an athlete like this.
“The other side to it is the bridge to the future which is what Cadel’s
ambassador role will be. So with the new generation of riders coming to BMC,
having Cadel as a mentor and a role model for those athletes will be a great
benefit to our programme in the future.”
Factfile of Australian Cadel Evans
who on Thursday announced he will retire in February:
Full name: Cadel Lee Evans
Date of birth: February 14, 1977
Place of birth: Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia
Volvo-Cannondale (1999), Saeco Macchine per Caffe (2001), Mapei-Quick Step
(2002), Team Telekom (2003-04), Davitamon-Lotto (2005-09), BMC Racing Team
Grand Tours – Tour de France (1st in 2011, 2nd in 2007 & 2008, 4th in
2006), Giro d’Italia (3rd in 2013, 5th in 2010), Vuelta a Espana (3rd in 2009,
4th in 2007)
Stage races – Tour of Tasmania (1999), Tour of Austria (2001, 2004), Tour
de Romandie (2006, 2011), Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali (2008),
Tirreno-Adriatico (2011), Criterium International (2012), Giro del Trentino
Day races – World Championships (2009), La Fleche Wallonne (2010)
Timetrials – Commonwealth Games (2002)
Other titles: UCI Pro Tour champion (2007)