Evans Makes Dream Come True

Evans Makes Dream Come True

CADEL EVANS's triumph in becoming the first Australian winner of the Tour de France will rightly be celebrated in coming days and nights, but it will take some time for the real impact of his achievement on cycling in Australia to be clear.

It will take all of us who have followed Evans's travails and triumphs some time to come down from the euphoria we experienced when the 34-year-old Victorian did what many doubted he could ever do.

I still have to pinch myself that it is true; that the dream I had when I first covered the Tour in 1987 - that I would one day get to follow, observe and report on an Australian winner - has finally happened.

To watch Evans in a near-perfect Tour has been an absolute pleasure. He didn't miss a beat for the entire three weeks.

It was amazing, too, to see what a team can do to help its leader. It was not cheque-book stuff, it came from the heart.

Even if you might call his mechanical problem on the stage to l'Alpe d'Huez a hiccup, in retrospect it was a blessing in disguise.

Calm under stress, Evans had a smooth bike change.

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