Evans Gets New BMC For His Own Race24. January 2015 — Road Team
Identical in style to the farewell BMC presented to Cadel Evans at the Santos Tour Down Under, this new BMC teammachine SLR01 adopts the signature blue color scheme of his own race, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. (BMC Switzerland photo.)
The new bike marks Evans’ official transition to the role of BMC Switzerland Ambassador following the inaugural running of the event that takes place over two days, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, in Victoria, Australia.
"I have had my time in professional sport," Evans said. "I gave absolutely everything I could to the sport on the competitive side. I have gotten everything out of myself and that is the way I wanted to finish my career – without any regrets. I have wrung my competitive spirit pretty dry. Now I am looking forward to continuing to work with BMC Switzerland. It is all coming together real nicely.”
BMC Racing Team Sponsor Andy Rihs was on hand to watch Evans finish third in the Santos Tour Down Under that was won Sunday by teammate Rohan Dennis. Rihs has grown close to Evans since the BMC Racing Team signed him for the 2010 season.
"We know that the Great Ocean Race is something that Cadel has worked hard on," Rihs said. “So we thought that a gift in the form of a bike – in the colors of his race – would lift his spirits as he transitions from professional cyclist to the next phase of his life.”
BMC Switzerland Chief Executive Officer David Zurcher believes Evans’s new role is a perfect fit for the 2009 world road champion and 2011 Tour de France champion.
“We will benefit greatly from his knowledge of the sport and his insights into performance cycling," Zurcher said. "Cadel will be present at corporate events, mass participation events and as a spokesperson for BMC. He will work very closely with our team of engineers on new projects related to performance cycling. We are very much looking forward to having this invaluable contribution to our company from such a respected cyclist.”
Evans admitted that while the transition from being a professional cyclist will be difficult, the new job will help.
"I want to keep myself busy and have another reason to stay fit and ride bikes while providing a good structure for my family," he said. "I was delighted when this opportunity arose to become an ambassador for BMC Switzerland. Until now, performance has always been my No. 1 focus. Now I am going to have all of this free time to test and evaluate bikes. Plus, it is a great reason to stay fit. I love riding, I love bikes, the equipment topic is really close to me and I have a fantastic feel for bikes. I know the BMC teammachine better than my own body."
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