Cycling: Former Tour de France champion Evans in town to promote cycling

Former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans rides with cyclists from the local community along Piccadilly in Seletar, on July 15, 2016.
Former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans rides with cyclists from the local community along Piccadilly in Seletar, on July 15, 2016.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans takes photos with cyclists from the local community after a ride in Seletar, on July 15, 2016.
Former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans takes photos with cyclists from the local community after a ride in Seletar, on July 15, 2016.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - Former Tour de France champion Cadel Evans was in town on Friday and, along with more than 20 cyclists from the Singapore Cycling Federation (SCF), rode on a circuit at the Seletar Aerospace View in the morning.

The 39-year-old, who retired from professional cycling last year, stopped over in Singapore to represent BMC as a global ambassador. His first time in the Republic, Evans arrived on Thursday and will depart on Saturday morning to Switzerland to continue outreach efforts.

Evans said: "It's always a pleasure to be a global ambassador for BMC. It's my first time in Singapore and it's been very interesting. I was speaking to some people in the group (of cyclists) earlier, asking them where they ride and how they ride. Everyone adapts to their environment and here, this group ride very safely and very orderly because of the traffic here, and Singaporeans are not used to seeing cyclists on the road."

The Australian also added: "I'm enjoying my retirement and I love it.My position in the sport now is to promote cycling for better health and an activity. I spoke to one gentleman earlier and he said he reduced his heart medication by 50 per cent, some tell me about how much weight they've lost.

"I'm very pleased to hear a bike can bring this improvement in the quality of life to these guys."

In his illustrious career, Evans became the first Australian to win the UCI ProTour (2007) and the UCI Road World Championships in 2009. After he finished second in the 2007 and 2008 Tours de France, Evans finally won in 2011 to become the first Australian to win the prestigious event and be only one of two non-Europeans to be crowned champion - the other being Greg LeMond.