Cadel Evans from Australia became the 2011 Tour De France Winner, he is celebrating with his friends, family and certainly with his number one fan, his beautiful wife Chiara Passerini. Keep reading to know more about this story, Cadel’s highlights in the Tour and about his wife plus check out some photos and video after the jump.
34 year-old Cadel Evans from the land down under and born in Katherine arrived at the 2011 Tour De France as part of BMC Racing Team where he has been ever since 2010. Before that he was part of Davitamon-Lotto, Evans finished second in the first stage (Passage du Gois to Mont des Alouettes) where Philippe Gilbert from Belgium won the stage. In general classification he finished third at Team trial in Stage 2 (Les Essarts) and Stage 3 (Olonne-sur-Mer to Redon), he won stage 4 of the Tour on July 4Th from Lorient to Mur De Bretagne this course was 172.5 km.
Cadel finished second at stage 5 (Carhaix to Cap Fréhel) and again at stage 6 (Dinan to Lisieux), Stage 7 (Le Mans to Châteauroux) and 8 (Aigurande to Super Besse). He finished third at stage 9 (Issoire to Saint-Flour), stage 10 (Aurillac to Carmaux) and Stage 11 (Blaye-les-Mines to Lavaur). On July 14th at Stage 12 from Cugnaux to Luz Ardiden he finished 5th and 3rd in general classification. He also placeed 3rd in general in stage 13 (Cugnaux to Luz Ardiden).
At Stage 14 (Saint-Gaudens to Plateau de Beille) Cadel finished 4th and 3rd in general, stage 15 (Limoux to Montpellier,) he placed 3rd in general and 2nd at stage 16 (Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Gap), also in second and in general during stage 17 (Gap to Pinerolo). On July 21st at stage 18 (Pinerolo to Col du Galibier–Serre Chevalier) he finished 3rd and 4th in general. He finished 5th at stage 19 (Modane to Alpe d’Huez) and second at stage 20 (Grenoble) and as you know already he won the Final general classification at stage 21 (Créteil to Paris) with a time of 86 h 12 m 22 s.
A very emotional Cadel received his plush lion and flowers, Evans gave credit to his win to his dear friend, mentor and trainer Aldo Sassi who died last December and certainly his beautiful Italian wife Chiara Passerini, a stunning gospel choir teacher at the Italian academy, amazing pianist and blogger. Oh yes that’s right, Chiara’s corner where she shares the most awesome and fascinating moments of their lives with her readers. Chiara and Cadel met in 2002 and got married in September 2007. 28 year-old Chiara was born on the island of Elba on the Tuscan Coast but ever since she met Cadel she became a constant presence in his career and we just love to see her and Molly, her cute dog. She tweeted about her hubby’s progress and thanked every one of her golden boy’s fans, the day she tweeted she was going to stay out of twitter because she was just too nervous. After her hubby’s win she was equally emotional but so proud, she is just so nice, check her out below.
Congrats to Cadel, the 2011 Tour De France Winner the first Aussie to win the tour, to his lovely wife Chiara, their cute dog Molly, friends, family and fans!!!!
Photos: wikipedia.org/Haggisnl, wikipedia.org/ Juergen