Cadel Evans: Australia in better Grand Tour shape than we’ve ever been

Jack Haig, Ben O'Connor and Jai Hindley, Australian Grand Tour contenders
Jack Haig, Ben O'Connor and Jai Hindley, Australian Grand Tour contenders (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

At the start of 2020, there was only one Australian rider who had ever stood on the podium of a Grand Tour and that was Cadel Evans. That count, however, has rapidly risen along with the number of serious overall contenders from the nation, opening up a new era where sleep starved fans watching as the racing unfolds overnight more often than not have a home nation hero to cheer on in the overall category. 

It was more than a hundred years after the Tour de France began that an Australian first stepped up to the overall podium of a men’s Grand Tour, with Evans taking a second place on the Champs Elysees in 2007. He then went onto deliver four more podiums from the three-week stage races, reaching the very top step of the Tour in 2011. 

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.