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Cadel Evans and wife adopt baby boy

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Evans signing autographs

Evans signing autographs
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Future BMC teammates Philippe Gilbert and Cadel Evans see what's in store for them at the 2012 Tour de France.

Future BMC teammates Philippe Gilbert and Cadel Evans see what's in store for them at the 2012 Tour de France.
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BMC's Cadel Evans had another top 10 performance

BMC's Cadel Evans had another top 10 performance
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George Hincapie (BMC) and teammate Cadel Evans after Hincapie got the win.

George Hincapie (BMC) and teammate Cadel Evans after Hincapie got the win.
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It was an emotional victory for Cadel Evans (BMC)

It was an emotional victory for Cadel Evans (BMC)
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Pierre Rolland (Europcar), Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) and Cadel Evans (BMC) share the spoils in Paris.

Pierre Rolland (Europcar), Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) and Cadel Evans (BMC) share the spoils in Paris.
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Hugs for Tour de France winner Cadel Evans (BMC)

Hugs for Tour de France winner Cadel Evans (BMC)
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BMC kept Cadel Evans out of trouble on the final day.

BMC kept Cadel Evans out of trouble on the final day.
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Frank Schleck (Leopard Trek) leads Cadel Evans (BMC)

Frank Schleck (Leopard Trek) leads Cadel Evans (BMC)
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Alberto Contador, Sammy Sanchez and Cadel Evans power away from the peloton on the Col de Manse.

Alberto Contador, Sammy Sanchez and Cadel Evans power away from the peloton on the Col de Manse.
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Clad in green, Cadel Evans takes a turn at the front of the BMC train.

Clad in green, Cadel Evans takes a turn at the front of the BMC train.
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BMC rider Cadel Evans leads yellow jersey Voeckler in the final few kilometres.the

BMC rider Cadel Evans leads yellow jersey Voeckler in the final few kilometres.the
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Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) leads Cadel Evans (BMC)

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) leads Cadel Evans (BMC)
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Alberto Contador's (Saxo Bank-Sungard) joy would be short-lived. Cadel Evans (BMC) has pipped him to the line.

Alberto Contador's (Saxo Bank-Sungard) joy would be short-lived. Cadel Evans (BMC) has pipped him to the line.
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BMC's Cadel Evans and George Hincapie cross the line at the end of stage 3.

BMC's Cadel Evans and George Hincapie cross the line at the end of stage 3.
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Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Sungard) and Cadel Evans (BMC) dive for the line in a thrilling finish atop the Mur-de-Bretagne.

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Sungard) and Cadel Evans (BMC) dive for the line in a thrilling finish atop the Mur-de-Bretagne.
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Team BMC tried hard, but unsucessfully to get Cadel Evans in yellow.

Team BMC tried hard, but unsucessfully to get Cadel Evans in yellow.
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Winner Bradley Wiggins (Sky) and second-place Cadel Evans (BMC) shake hands

Winner Bradley Wiggins (Sky) and second-place Cadel Evans (BMC) shake hands
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The final podium: Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana), Bradley Wiggins (Sky) and Cadel Evans (BMC)

The final podium: Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana), Bradley Wiggins (Sky) and Cadel Evans (BMC)
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Kisses for new race leader Cadel Evans (BMC)

Kisses for new race leader Cadel Evans (BMC)
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Carlos Sastre (Geox-TMC) and Cadel Evans (BMC)

Carlos Sastre (Geox-TMC) and Cadel Evans (BMC)
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Tirreno-Adriatico podium (l-r): Robert Gesink (Rabobank), Cadel Evans (BMC), Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD)

Tirreno-Adriatico podium (l-r): Robert Gesink (Rabobank), Cadel Evans (BMC), Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD)
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A victorious Cadel Evans (BMC)

A victorious Cadel Evans (BMC)
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Cadel Evans (BMC) at the final Tour de France stage in Paris

Cadel Evans (BMC) at the final Tour de France stage in Paris
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Cadel Evans (BMC) fans out on the course.

Cadel Evans (BMC) fans out on the course.
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Tirreno-Adriatico winner Cadel Evans (BMC) with his winner's trophy.

Tirreno-Adriatico winner Cadel Evans (BMC) with his winner's trophy.
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Race leader Cadel Evans (BMC) marks Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD).

Race leader Cadel Evans (BMC) marks Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD).
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Race leader Cadel Evans (BMC) wins stage six on an uphill finish in Macerata.

Race leader Cadel Evans (BMC) wins stage six on an uphill finish in Macerata.
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Fabio Baldato helps Cadel Evans (BMC) before the start

Fabio Baldato helps Cadel Evans (BMC) before the start
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Cadel Evans was well-marhsalled by his BMC team.

Cadel Evans was well-marhsalled by his BMC team.
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Australia's first Tour de France winner Cadel Evans and his wife Chiara Passerini are on the verge of adopting a boy from Ethiopia. The parents to be will soon travel home to Switzerland with the  twelve-month-old boy.

"Going to Ethiopia was our reason for the early departure from Australia," Chiara Passerini told Fairfax Media.

"We always felt the strong wish to adopt, so we decided to start our family through adoption."

Evans, who will head into the 2012 season as the defending champion at the Tour de France, Tweeted earlier today. "Being quieter on Twitter...busy baby sitting!"

Evans will open his 2012 season at the Tour of Mallorca.