The 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans has won one Grand Tour outright, won the points jersey in another and held the leader’s jersey in all three; he’s won time trials, a hilly Classic, a Monument, one of the toughest Grand Tour stages in years and several good quality stage races. He’s also twice a winner of the Mountain Bike World Cup and has victories and top threes in a variety of other races.
Here’s a recap of his notable results over the last few years:
2006 4th Tour de France; 1st Tour de Romandie
2007 2nd Tour de France (an agonising 23 seconds behind Alberto Contador), winning an individual time trial; 4th Vuelta a España; winner of the UCI ProTour standings
2008 2nd Tour de France (just 57 seconds behind Carlos Sastre in a race Evans has described as his hardest ever) and Yellow Jersey holder for five stages; Paris-Nice stage winner
2009 World Champion; 3rd Vuelta a España (at 1’32” – a mechanical problem at a vital moment cost him much of this time), holder of the race leader’s Gold Jersey for one stage; 2nd overall at Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, winning the prologue and the points jersey
2010 1st La Flèche Wallonne; 5th Giro d’Italia, wearing the race leader’s Pink Jersey and winning one stage and the points jersey
2011 1st Tour de France, winning one stage; 1st Tirreno-Adriatico, winning one stage; 1st Tour de Romandie; 2nd Critérium du Dauphiné
So that’s Cadel Evans – one of the most versatile racers of his generation and a fitting winner of the 2011 Tour de France.