Evans wins Worlds

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.”
velonews.com.

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.
cyclingnews.com.

“The tears followed, understandably.” Well said.

I’ll tip a pint for ya tonight, old boy. You’ve done well.

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13 thoughts on “Evans wins Worlds

  1. Finally! Maybe now they will paint his Canyon something other than that hideous blue and yellow shit job he’s been riding all season.

  2. …i am not a fan of cadel evans & in fact i’m one of those folks who’s boorish enough to make fun of the lad when he goes off on one of his little tirades…

    …me being one of the original mtb guys, ya might think i’d enjoy seeing a a top mtb guy like cadel come over & make a name for himself in the pro peleton…even mentioned here before that evans mtb mechanic, for years all around the world was my buddy, tommy mac but nope, not me, just never a fan……

    …all that being said, i stand & doff my cycling cap to the little aussie rider…

    congratulations, cadel evans, 2009 world road champion…(never thought i’d say that) you both read & rode the race of your life…you marked when it was intelligent to mark & you attacked when it counted out of a very competitive field…props to you, young man…

    …sheesh…amazing & seriously worthy win !!!…

  3. Cadel’s win proves his critics right. Always hesitant to attack, Evans won virtually nothing. He finally makes a big attack at the right time in a big race, and Lo! And behold! He is a worlkd champion. Good on him.

  4. O grady did one hell of a job keeping the pace high in the bunch . His whole team dominated the front and brought things back together , did you see it ! Team Aussie , I tip the pint !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. El Dope!

    Sorry, can’t resist … the guy sucks the whole year and then suddenly this? I find it a bit hard to believe.

  6. Joe , fuck off . You dont know shit . Guy is hard as nails . Hes been up front all year . Dauphine ,Veulta . Where you been . One of the best riders over the past ten years . Crack another one , Idiot ……….

  7. Pint tipped. Cheers Cadel. Was an inspiration to me at my first Sea Otter – a gentleman and a badass, riding for Volvo Cannondale.

    -b

  8. …clue nada, joe…hell, i’m not a fan & i’ll defend cadel evans over that shit…

    …he & his wife live w/in 3k of the course 9 months of the year…he trains on those roads whenever he’s not racing…prob’ly trained a full race distance several times over, just to be ready for those final 4k’s…either way, the man was intimately familiar w/ the course…

    …he also knows next years race down in oz won’t suit him, ‘cuz his real home in the off season is w/in 15k’s of that course…

    …& evans is a smart man & here was an opportunity not to be wasted…

    …pissed off, agenda w/ media, swiss “home” course, axe to grind w/ tifosi & team management, desperate need for a win…all that resentment & the adrenalin of knowing cancellara was coming fast w/ his own agenda…

    …so i’ll bet there was a little “fuck you all, mates” when he put his head down & thus he’s the winner of the 2009 world road championship…

    …& that was some serious emotion shared w/ his wife…brought a tear to my eye…i was actually glad to see the man win…

  9. Cadel has been a bit of a ninny bitch in the recent past, when things haven’t worked out for him. However, I met him back in the 90′s, and he seemed like a nice enough fellow then. His win today was great. Maybe it will give him the confidence to ride more aggressively. He could be dangerous if he thought he could win. Maybe his boring riding style will change?

  10. I’ll go out on a limb and say that I’ve always thought that Cadel might be one of the few NON-dopers in the pro ranks. Yeah, he’s always criticized for his lack of attacks and his “boring” style of seemingly always following wheels. But I can’t think of a better testament as to how a clean rider would fare amongst a bunch of hopped up juice-heads. I mean the guy really seems to be putting out an effort when others around him are “dancing on the pedals” on an HC climb, two weeks into a grand tour, and 100 miles already done for the day in 90 degree heat. C’mon…