Man, I did not see this one coming. Not by a long shot.
“This is for all the critics I’ve had this season,” Evans said. “I have seven worlds medals from mountain biking at home, but none of them are gold. People say I never win, but today I won something pretty big.”
Gallery of pics here: velonews.com/photo/gallery.
God damn right. Good on ya, Evans. I’m stoked.
Cadel Evans (Australia) is the new world champion. That is not a sentence that many would have imagined at 10:30 am in Mendrisio, when 202 riders set out for 19 laps of a 13.8km circuit, for a total distance of 262.2km, but, seven hours later, it was the Australian who appeared alone at the finish. His opportunistic attack at the foot of the final climb, 5km from the end, brought him a success that was as spectacular as it was surprising.
Since it was his first major one-day win, Evans was perhaps not versed in the art of victory celebrations. His were far from elaborate. He raised one hand to his mouth, blowing a kiss to the left, then one to the right, before patting his chest and kissing the ring that dangled on a chain around his neck – his wedding ring, he revealed later. The tears followed, understandably.
“The tears followed, understandably.” Well said.
I’ll tip a pint for ya tonight, old boy. You’ve done well.by