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Evans portrait entered for Archibald Prize

Simon Benz poses with his portrait of Evans

Simon Benz poses with his portrait of Evans (Image credit: Simon Benz)

The image of Cadel Evans is set to live on forever. Australia based artist Simon Benz has just completed a massive 2 metre square portrait of the Australian cycling superstar, titled "The Persistence of Vision- Portrait of Cadel Evans", which he plans to submit for consideration in the Archibald Prize. Benz who has followed the 2007 Tour de France runner-up since his early days as a mountain biker and first met Evans on a local training ride in Ocean Grove, where he promptly asked the aspiring Tour de France champion to sit for the portrait.

Several sittings followed, and by the end of January two versions of the portrait were completed, one of which takes pride of place in Evans' Australian home.

Simon has previously been selected for the Archibald Sporting Portrait Prize in 2000 for his painting of then World Cup and national road cycling champion Anna Wilson.

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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Deputy Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. A former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks.