Cadel Evans Home Coming Celebrations On 12 August

Cadel Evans Home Coming Celebrations On 12 August

Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu

Premier Confirms Final Details Of Cadel Celebration

Victor P Taffa

Premier Ted Baillieu has announced final details of where Victorians can go to join the celebrations this Friday 12 August in Melbourne for Cadel Evans’ historic victory in the 2011 Tour de France.

“Cadel is coming home especially for this event and the Victorian Coalition Government is encouraging Victorians to attend Federation Square from 11 am on Friday and show their enthusiasm for his amazing achievement.” Premier Baillieu said.

Cadel will begin his ride up St. Kilda Road at 12 noon at the junction with Linlithgow Avenue opposite the National Gallery of Victoria. Before embarking on his ride, he will meet and chat with Team Cadel, the group of 20 junior Victorian cyclists who will accompany him to Federation Square.

He will travel up the south-bound roadway on the eastern side of St. Kilda Road, with trams to be re-routed so spectators can yell for Cadel from both sides of St. Kilda Road.

Cadel’s ride will be relayed live on the screen at Federation Square, where his ride will finish. Cadel will then take the stage for the public reception.

Victorians attending Federation Square will be able to see Cadel on stage, with an area set aside near the stage for people with disabilities.

A screen at Birrarung Marr will also allow Victorians to enjoy a live relay of the events. Free bicycle valet parking will also be provided at Birrarung Marr.

Cadel Evans became the first Australian champion and only the third non-European champion in the race’s 98-year history when he won the 2011 Tour de France on 24 July.

The Tour de France is the worlds most prestigious and gruelling bike race, held over a three-week period in 21 stages and covering some 3,430 km.

“I invite Victorians to join us in honouring Cadel on Friday 12 August, and to wear and wave the famous Cadel yellow.” Premier Baillieu said.