What a great homecoming it was for the 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans. Civic receptions, street parades and massive media coverage welcomed the Tour de France maliet juene (yellow jersey) some saying that his achievements are one of the greatest sporting achievements by any Australian...ever. After watching Cadel turn himself inside out on the high mountains, every accolade he gets is well deserved. I was on Alp D'Huez a number of years ago when Cadel (in the yellow jersey) was beaten by Carlos Sastre
to the top of the climb, hence losing the jersey and in turn losing the Tour de France. Surprisingly none of the media coverage in the last couple of months surrounding Cadels win spoke of that heartbreaking loss, the broken arm he sustained in last years Tour de France, the tour where his team turned against him, the tours where he has had to share the spotlight with a sprinter or the just plain bad luck that he's had year after year for the last seven attempts at the Tour de France prior to finally winning. Little was said of the year after year when journalists, the Australian riding public and even stalwart Evans supporters said that he had missed his chance. When he broke his arm they said that was his final chance and will never get another chance like it. But he has proved them wrong to become in some journalists minds, our greatest sports person ever. Brilliant key-note speaker
Siimon Reynolds once said at a speech during A Day Of Inspiration "the successful people fail more often". Cadels failures time and time again have let him to be one of our greatest sports persons ever. You can't shower enough praise on this guy after he was kicked, battered and year after year of road rash to come back and win one of the hardest sporting events on earth. Every crash, disappointment and knock just makes the victory so much sweeter. Chapeau Cadel.