Local riders cheer on Cadel Evans

WARWICK cyclist and Australian triathlon representative John Creed reckons the victory by Cadel Evans in the Tour de France will be a significant boost to cycling in Australia.

Creed said he has only missed watching three stages of the 21 on television.

“In the last three nights, a few of the Warwick cyclists texted each other all night,” Creed said.

“We were lost for words on Saturday night.

“The others were confident Cadel could take the lead on Saturday night but I didn't think it was long enough to win back the time he needed.

“It was a gutsy effort.

“He is the first rider to win a world championship in mountain bike riding, road cycling and a Tour de France.”

Creed said Evans was an inspiration for all Australians, including the 80 to 100 serious cyclists in Warwick.

“There is also a huge cycling group at Stanthorpe,” he said.

“Half of our Warwick group are also involved in mountain bike riding.”

There will be plenty of talk about Evans on Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm when up to 30 Warwick cyclists train for one hour on the Warwick District Sporting Car Club track at Morgan Park.

Meanwhile, Cycling Australia boss Graham Fredericks says Evans' success in cycling's biggest race before a worldwide audience will further consolidate Australia's status as a major player in world cycling.

Evans took control of the race and the leader's yellow jersey with a dominant performance in the penultimate stage time trial in Grenoble early Sunday AEST and was crowned champion in Paris early today.

“I think the first thing it will do is help us with our profile increase and I think the credibility of Australian cycling as a player around the world,” Fredericks said in Sydney yesterday.

“It's the biggest thing that has happened in cycling in this country I would say without a doubt.”

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