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Evans named Australia's Cyclist of the Year

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A victorious Cadel Evans (BMC)

A victorious Cadel Evans (BMC)
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Anna Meares won the people's choice award for her triple world titles

Anna Meares won the people's choice award for her triple world titles
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Richard Lang took home the Oceania trophy

Richard Lang took home the Oceania trophy
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Junior cyclists of the year

Junior cyclists of the year
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The winner of the female road award, Shara Gillow

The winner of the female road award, Shara Gillow
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Paracyclist female winner Susan Powell

Paracyclist female winner Susan Powell
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Female mountain biker of th eyear Rebecca Henderson

Female mountain biker of th eyear Rebecca Henderson
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Female BMX rider Caroline Buchanan

Female BMX rider Caroline Buchanan
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New South Wales took the state champions title

New South Wales took the state champions title
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Cadel Evans claimed the 'Oppy'

Cadel Evans claimed the 'Oppy'
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Cadel Evans with Gerry Ryan and Klaus Mueller

Cadel Evans with Gerry Ryan and Klaus Mueller
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Evans holds his trophy for cyclist of the year

Evans holds his trophy for cyclist of the year
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Cadel Evans

Cadel Evans
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2011 Tour champion Cadel Evans was dressed to the nines for the 2012 route presentation.

2011 Tour champion Cadel Evans was dressed to the nines for the 2012 route presentation.
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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's Cadel Evans rounded off an historic 2011 by winning the Sir Hubert Opperman medal for cyclist of the the year at the Jayco 2011 Australian Cyclist of the Year Awards in Sydney.

Evans, who also won the award in 2006, 2007 and 2009, became the first Australian winner of the Tour de France back in July and the oldest rider to win the GC since the Second World War.. He beat stiff competition for the honour, which is named after the Australian cycling legend from the 1920s, from the likes of triple world champion Anna Meares and double world champion Jack Bobridge. His victory in cycling's most prestigious race has raised the profile of cycling still further in Australia and he will be looking to build on this success next season.