Australian professional cyclist, Cadel Evans who retired in 2015 has recounted his career at Saeco to the Tour de France.
Speaking to Daniel Benson the editor of cycling news, he savored the memories of all the success he has had from the beginning of his professional career at Saeco in 2001, to his retirement at the inauguration of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, in 2015.
Evans started his professional riding with Saeco team achieving many success with the team including; an overall win in the 2001 editions of the Tour of Australia.
In 2002, Evans moved to Mapei-QuickStep, where he meets with Aldo Sassi who coached him and assisted him in the transition from a mountain biker to grand tourer.
Consequently, he made his first Giro d’Italia debut with an incredible performance, as he endured a major hunger flat on the final mountain stage, finishing in 14th place.
Evans also became the team leader in 2002. He became the champion of the commonwealth Games time trial, claimed a stage win at the 2002 Tour Down Under, and winning the mountains classification in 2006 Tour Down Under.
He was named Australian cyclist of the year in 2007, with an outstanding performance. Recording a win in the stage 13 time trial, and a second place in the stage 19 time trial.
Evans secured the 2007 UCl pro Tour with 247 points ahead of Davide Rebellin and Alberto Contador.
Unfortunately, he suffered a minor setback for two years at Telekom, nursing an injury. Evans then moved to Lotto where he claimed a place in the podium at the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana.
In 2009 Evans had focus all his energies to winning the World Championships, but was voted out by his team in favor of one-day racer Simon Gerrans. His greatest accomplishment as a professional would be when he claimed the Tour de France in 2011.