Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu
Vic Coalition Govt Invites Victorians To Celebrate Cadel Evans’ Tour Victory
Victor P Taffa
The historic victory of 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans will be celebrated in Melbourne with a public event at lunchtime on Friday 12 August, Premier Ted Baillieu said today.
“Cadel Evans is the first Australian ever to win this punishing race, and the Coalition Government has talked with Cadel’s manager Jason Bakker since Cadel’s victory to discuss how best to celebrate his magnificent achievement.” Premier Baillieu said.
“On Friday week, cycling fans, sporting enthusiasts and all proud Victorians will be able to come together in Melbourne’s CBD to celebrate and congratulate Cadel.”
“Cadel is coming home especially for this event, which will include a short bike ride and a celebration at Federation Square where Victorians will have a wonderful opportunity to yell for Cadel.”
“Victorians who watched Cadel’s victory were inspired and had their spirits lifted by his resilience, perseverance and sheer guts.”
“Now they will have an opportunity to honour this inspirational Victorian champion in person.”
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.