Cadel Evans ends his European road cycling career by finishing 25th at ll Lombardia.
Evans announced his retirement from the sport just before the World Championships in September and is set to leave cycling in February 2015.
Evans struggles to keep emotions in check
The Australian was supporting his teammate Philippe Gilbert in the 260km race but unfortunately Gilbert wasn't able to win. Garmin-Sharp's Dan Martin took the overall victory with Evans finishing 46 seconds behind the winner.
According to Cycling News, Evans explained how he tried to help Gilbert near the finish and how it was hard to keep his emotions in check.
He said: “I gave my last effort to put Gilbert at the front for the last climb to Bergamo. Once I got into the race and focused on my race, I wasn't that emotional.”
“I'll definitely miss racing. I want to do well today but also enjoy the moment. But I know I've got to stay focused on the race but I want to be up front and feel the passion of the race. The passion is always strong in Italian races.
“It's a pretty emotional moment for me. It's my last race in Europe. I want to feel my career was happy, without any regrets. That was always a big motivation for me.
"I don't have many regrets and want to finish this season on a good note, if that be giving my all for the team or doing a good ride. I want to enjoy it because I know I won't have another opportunity.
"It's been a fanstastic journey. I wasn't very good at the Vuelta but I feel I'm coming round well. I'll be fit during my off season."
The 37 year old has had a fantastic career in the sport and has picked up some great results along the way. Evans won the Tour de France in 2011 and finished second in the Tour twice. He was the road race world champion in 2009 as well as winning Commonwealth gold in 2000 for the individual time trial discipline.
Evans admits his career has been full of positive results and he can leave cycling feeling happy.
"I leave the sport satisfied and looking forward to the future. I've had enough and given my all.
"I can't add much more to my palmares in the future, and so I have to be satisfied with that. I've had some good results in the last 20 years and so I'm not going to complain.”
The BMC rider only has three races left before his retires and all these races will take place in his home country, Australia. The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race will be his last race and the name of the event alone shows the impact he has had on cycling in Australia.
The former Tour de France champion believes it will be a very emotional time when he's in Australia racing for the last few times.
“My big goodbye will be in Australia. I'll ride the national championships, the Tour Down Under and then the race in my name, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race on February 1. That's when I'll probably be really emotional.”
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