Cadel Evans in Australia for victory parade
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Tour de France champion Cadel Evans has arrived in Australia and is looking forward to his victory parade.
First priority, though, is a hug from his mother.
Evans, the first Australian -- and only the third non-European -- to win the most prestigious event in cycling, landed at Melbourne Airport on Thursday ahead of parade in his honor Friday.
After working toward a Tour de France win for the best part of his life, he says "when it all comes together, to have been supported all this way through and be able to bring the yellow jersey back to Australia, of course I'm proud to do it."
Evans and wife Chiara plan to spend Thursday with family and friends. "It's always nice to come home and get a hug from your mum."