Like many Australian cycling fans I used to cringe whenever Cadel Evans was briefed down about a race, especially one that he didn’t fare so well in. Now I bring out the popcorn, settle comfortably into a sofa, and savour what he has to say. His manner and communication skills now ably match the considerable cycling talent that he has on show.
Cadel has been a champion cyclist for quite some time. Now, he is simply a champion. A leader. No qualifiers required.
Bring on the final week of the Tour de France.