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Cadel claims second place in Tour de France -

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KERRY O'BRIEN, PRESENTER: You would have to wonder how it must feel to cycle your heart out across
3,500 gruelling kilometres over 21 days and finish less than a minute from Tour de France glory.

But That's Australia's Cadel Evans, and he's got no time for self pity. He has already shifted his
focus on to the Beijing Olympics and next year's tour.

And anyway, second place in the toughest bike race in the world two years in a row is more than
enough to make Cadel Evans a home town hero.

Tracee Hutchison reports.

CADEL EVANS, CYCLIST: I guess that's the way it goes when you have yellow you have to work to keep

TRACEE HUTCHISON: Cadel, according to the Welsh origins of the name, means spirit of the battle.
And for Cadel Evans the battle for Australia's first ever Tour de France crown was certainly a
spirited campaign.

COMMENTATOR: He's not happy with that (inaudible). I would watch that, Cadel.

TRACEE HUTCHISON: In the end it was a battle lost for the second year running in the penultimate
stage, as Evans succumbed to the Spaniard Carlos Sastre, one agonising minute short of victory.

CADEL EVANS: I rode consistently; I rode smooth, all the time checks and everything. I just wasn't
riding as fast as the other guys.

RUPERT GUINNESS, FAIRFAX TOUR JOURNALIST: 3 weeks of racing and the pressure you carry, the
emotional roller coaster that you go through, and all the crowds and the mayhem around you, that's
just physically and mentally draining.

HELEN COCKS, CADEL EVANS' MOTHER: Yeah it would be great if he won but he rode a really good race
and that is good too.

TRACEE HUTCHISON: Vanquished he may be in Paris but on the other side of the world Cadel Evans can
do no wrong.

Here in Barwon Heads, the sleepy Victorian coastal town made famous by 'Sea Change', Cadel Evans is
very much the local hero.

VOX POP: Barwon Heads people are very proud of Cadel. And we're certainly very happy to adopt him.

VOX POP 2: We love him. IT'S GREAT.

VOX POP 3: He seems very nice. Everyone seems to love him. We're all cheering for him.

TRACEE HUTCHISON: Far away from the pro cycling spotlight this is the place Cadel Evans calls home
every summer. Riding with a local crew along Victoria's spectacular west coast.

MICHAEL CHAREWICZ, HENDRY'S CYCLES: You wouldn't know he was such a member of cycling royalty when
he turns up next to you on the bike it's like he's one of the boys coming out for a roll. It's

TRACEE HUTCHISON: Over summer this crew swells to around 60 or 70 riders, and much like his work
ethic on the French tour, Cadel Evans the hard yards out front of this local peloton as well.

STEVE DRAPER, HENDRY'S CYCLES: Cadel is definitely the main man on the front of the bunch dictating
the pace and where we go.

TRACEE HUTCHISON: Steve Draper is very familiar with Cadel Evans dictating the pace; the pair
competed against each other as junior mountain bikers.

STEVE DRAPER: I've seen him explode on to the scene. And his rapid progression and his steely
determination was very, very impressive for such a young man at that time.

TRACEE HUTCHISON: Now he is Cadel Evans' main man over summer, taking care of his bikes and helping
with off season preparation.

STEVE DRAPER: He walked in as his season had finished, and he was back in Australia as he walked
through the door he looked at me, I looked at him. We both said to each other "What are you doing
here?" And it started from there again.

TRACEE HUTCHISON: And as yellow Tour de France fever swept through the town, none felt it more than

Well despite the fact Cadel Evans is unlikely to win tonight, it hasn't stopped his local bike crew
turning out to on their local hero as he heads towards the finish line.

LOCALS: There he is! Go Candel, Go Cadel!

TRACEE HUTCHISON: With the race all but over before the last stage the roll into Paris was largely
ceremonial with riders obliged to follow the traditional no challenge rule.

STEVE DRAPER: It's always been that way. I think it always will be that way.

TRACEE HUTCHISON: And that's exactly how it played out on the Champs Élysées. With the dominant CSC
team led by Australian Stuart O'Grady, ushering Carlos Sastre into victory.

By 2am only the most resilient of his local crew were still watching. IT's an incredible effort.

STEVE DRAPER: It's an incredible effort. Obviously under better circumstances with a more
supportive team network and strategic position he would've won. There's in no two ways about it.

RUPERT GUINNESS: You do have to appreciate it, it's second place, he's on the podium two years in a
row, five tours he's done. He's always performed very well. And I think he has to take stock of
that and celebrate it a little bit.

CADEL EVANS: I'm happy the fact I could continue after the crash, on that first Sunday or whatever
it was, just to be able to continue, come back and get yellow, defend it and finish second is a

TRACEE HUTCHISON: For the man of the moment in Australian cycling it's all about the future.

CADEL EVANS: So far my Tour de France has been a four year plan and I think I have three or four
more good tours left in me. Of course I'm in the gonna give up now. I think I'm just coming into my
best years now.

STEVE HODGE, CYCLING AUSTRALIA: Cadel definitely can come back. I mean one thing that's quite clear
is It takes a lot of experience to build to win the Tour, cope with the pressure, and get
everything going beautifully well.

TRACEE HUTCHISON: Cycling Australia Vice President Steve Hodge says Evans is still Australia's best
hope to take the coveted French prize.

STEVE HODGE: It's going to have to be within a couple of years. Cadel's got to get cracking. And I
know he's going to do that.

CADEL EVANS: We've always got room for improvement. Otherwise just continue on the same progression
for the last 4 years.

TRACEE HUTCHISON: But for now the focus is the Beijing Olympics when Cadel Evans will ride for
Australia alongside tour rival Stuart O'Grady.

STEVE HODGE: Stuey is an amazing professional, and he's helped Carlos Sastre win the tour and let's
hope, why not, that he can do it for Cadel in the Olympic road race.

TRACEE HUTCHISON: After that, it's another summer on the wide open roads of Victoria's west coast
to look forward to. And another French campaign. Next year? He'll be back. And we can't wait.


STEVE DRAPER: He'll be back. And we can't wait.

KERRY O'BRIEN: And in the meantime, Beijing.

Tracee Hutchison reporting.

And that's the program for tonight. We'll be back at the same time tomorrow. But for now,