Cycling great Cadel Evans’ retirement decision might have saddened his fans and the cycling world but the legendary Aussie rider has confirmed of no regrets as hung his boots. In fact, he has no doubt that it is the best time for him to retire.
The vivacious cheer that greeted him at post-race presentation of Down Under Tour was the live testimony of the iconic rider’s legendary career- that most possibly has no parallel.
However, a near-disaster at the last stage of the race remind him that there are certain things that he won’t be missing about his beloved sport. The Tour France champ somehow managed to bypass a bad crash on 2nd final lap of that stage race at Adelaide.
“I did hear the crash & a bike struck me in backside…Lucky I was that day that my bike was not damaged”, remarked Cadel.
“Anything can & does get wrong here in cycling.”
Whilst Cadel would have preferred to come up with a better performance than overall 3rd in his final Down Under Tour yet he is pretty comfortable with the fact that he tried his best to achieve one big result in his last race.
But, the sole Aussie rider to sport the Tour France winner jersey was kind of denied of the desired fairytale ending to his spectacular career. The esteemed Australian race was the final top-level championship for the great 37-year-old cycling hero prior to his retirement with Great Ocean Road Event that has been named after him.
“That is the very way that I wished my race career to be”, stressed Evans. “I wanted to retire knowing that I had given everything sans any regret. I did not train enough, did not concentrate enough, was not disciplined enough- no, I did not look to have such regrets.”