Cadel Evans has announced that he will retire from cycling in February 2015.
Evans became the first Australian to win the Tour de France in 2011 when he stormed to victory in the three week race but since then the BMC rider hasn't added many wins to his name.
The 37 year old missed the Tour and the Vuelta a Espana this year because he wanted to focus on winning the Giro d'Italia but unfortunately he could only finish in eighth. Nairo Quintana was the clear winner of the race and was in impressive form.
Evans will retire from the sport in February after racing in the Tour Down Under and ending his career with the Great Ocean race also in Australia.
The former Tour de France winner admits the Giro showed him that winning another Grand Tour was probably beyond him and at the age of 37 he feels it is a good time to retire.
According to Sky Sports, Evans said: "All along, I had no intention to race professionally at 40 years of age. I never looked at age as a factor but I just had a thing that I never wanted to be a high level racer at 40 years of age. Inevitably, the stop is going to come.
"Now, I've come to a period in my life where I have my family at home waiting for me and sad to see me go when I come to the airport.
"And, at the Giro, I had a fantastic team around me but I wasn't close enough to the level I wanted to be at and the level the team hoped I'd be at.
"That at least shows that the chance of winning another Grand Tour is probably past me. These things are not easy to accept, but you have to. These factors lead you to think 'maybe now is a good time to say thank you and I'll watch from the sidelines'."
As well as winning the Tour, Evans finished runner up twice and won the World Championships road race in 2009.
He has taken part in 17 Grand Tours and has always made it to the end.
The Australian will become a global ambassador for BMC where he will mentor young riders and help with developing new equipment.
Evans has had a brilliant career and it is a career that will be remembered by all cycling fans.
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