Friday File: One Last Yell for Cadel! Pan Am Games Velodrome, Iconic Italians & MTN-Qhubeka: Onwards to the Tour
Rockin' the Mapei colors in 2002
It's hard to believe, Cadel Evans will ride his last stage race at Sunday's Santos Tour Down Under. I wish he was racing another season. One of the great Aussie riders of all time has crafted a prolific 16 year cycling career starting out as a mountain biker. He'll quit the sport in February after his own inaugural Great Ocean Road Race in Victoria. Evans will continue in the sport and will work as a BMC ambassador to mentor young riders and help with equipment development.
Iconic Italian race...
The 2015 Strade Bianche is March 7, including the first edition women's race. The white twisty roads through the Chianti vineyards will be extra exciting.
MTN-Qhubeka's growth is meteoric. Starting in 2013, next with recent high level signings, the first African registered team have been awarded a TdF wildcard!
Eddy Boasson Hagen is certainly capable of being the Boss in July.
Exciting entry to the Tour.
"I've told the team I want a competition jersey in one of these races, be that King of the Mountains, points or young rider - that's what we'll be going for. I think a lot of people may underestimate the African riders."
- GM, Brian Smith