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Date Inducted:08 Dec 2011
Sport: Cycling
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Cadel Evans - Cycling

Cadel Evans conjured one of Australia’s greatest sporting achievements after claiming the yellow jersey in the final stage of the Tour de France. Starting the day trailing Andy Schleck by 57 seconds, the Australian produced a masterful performance in the 42.5km time trial to seize a 1min 34sec advantage.

Evans rode down the Champs Elysees with the yellow jersey on his back, knowing he had reached the summit of cycling’s Mt Everest. The Australian poured praise on his coach Aldo Sassi, saying it was the Italian who inspired him to go on and create a defining moment in Australian sporting history. The weight of the achievement must be considered up there with the nation’s finest sporting moments. Australian cycling has changed forever.

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When considering the stature of an athlete or for that matter any person, I set great store in certain qualities which I believe to be essential in addition to skill. They are that the person conducts his of her life with dignity, with integrity, courage, and perhaps most of all, with modesty. These virtues are totally compatible with pride, ambition, and competitiveness.