Twenty Highlights from the 2013 Cycling Season
8. Cadel Evans’ Giro d’Italia Performance
Australia’s only Tour de France winner went into this year’s Giro d’Italia mainly to try and build some form ahead of the Tour de France. In the end he walked away with third place overall in what was a terrific display from the Aussie veteran.
He was never going to win the race — Vincenzo Nibali was clearly the strongest climber, time-trialist and rider overall — but it was inspiring to watch the typically-gutsy Evans fight his way onto the podium in the horrendous conditions that defined the race (and were arguably a season highlight on their own).
Of course Evans paid for his exertions at the Giro, fading badly at the Tour. But given Cadel won’t be riding the Tour next year in order to throw everything at the Giro, it will be more than worth staying up to watch how he goes come next May.
A fckn Legend