Cadel Evans

Cadel Evans, Tour de France winner, four-time Olympian, sets retirement

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Cadel Evans, the first Australian to win the Tour de France in 2011 and a four-time Olympian, said he will retire from cycling in February.

Evans, 37, began his Olympic career as a mountain biker at age 19 in Atlanta 1996, the first time the discipline was contested at the Olympics. He placed ninth as the event’s youngest finisher, with his dead dog’s tooth on a chain around his neck, according to the Australian.

“I don’t think I’ll hit my peak until 2004,” Evans told the newspaper in 1996.

He made the Australian team in mountain biking again for the Sydney 2000 Games and finished seventh.

“Maybe [I’ll try] a three-week tour like the Tour de France or something that more suits my style,” he said after the disappointing finish in 2000, according to the Melbourne Herald Sun.

Evans switched to road racing, missed selection for the Athens 2004 Olympics and made his Tour de France debut in 2005. He also made the Australian Olympic road teams for Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

Evans won no Olympic medals, his best finish fifth in the road time trial in 2008.

He did win Commonwealth Games gold in 2002 in the road time trial and World Championships gold in 2009 in the road race.

“Cycling built me as a person, it’s been more than half of my life; it’s amazing what this sport gave me,” Evans said, according to VeloNews. “It’s given me all I could dream for.”

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2020 French Open women’s singles draw, bracket

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If Serena Williams is to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, she may have to go through her older sister in the fourth round.

Williams, the sixth seed, could play Venus Williams in the round of 16 at Roland Garros, which begins Sunday.

Serena opens against countrywoman Kristie Ahn, whom she beat in the first round at the U.S. Open. Serena could then get her U.S. Open quarterfinal opponent, fellow mom Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, in the second round.

If Venus is to reach the fourth round, she must potentially get past U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka in the second round. Azarenka beat Serena in the U.S. Open semifinals, ending the American’s latest bid to tie Margaret Court‘s major titles record.

Venus lost in the French Open first round the last two years.

The French Open top seed is 2018 champion Simona Halep, who could play 2019 semifinalist Amanda Anisimova in the third round.

Coco Gauff, the rising 16-year-old American, gets 2019 semifinalist Jo Konta of Great Britain in the first round in the same quarter of the draw as Halep.

The field lacks defending champion Ash Barty of Australia, not traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Also out: U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka, citing a sore hamstring and tight turnaround from prevailing in New York two weeks ago.

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2020 French Open men’s singles draw, bracket

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Rafael Nadal was put into the same half of the French Open draw as fellow 2018 and 2019 finalist Dominic Thiem of Austria, with top-ranked Novak Djokovic catching a break.

Nadal, trying to tie Roger Federer‘s male record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, could play sixth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals before a potential clash with Thiem, who just won the U.S. Open.

Djokovic, who is undefeated in 2020 save being defaulted out of the U.S. Open, could play No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the quarterfinals before a possible semifinal with Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Medvedev is the fourth seed but is 0-3 at the French Open. Another possible Djokovic semifinal opponent is fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who reached the fourth round last year.

The most anticipated first-round matchup is between three-time major champion Andy Murray and 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka. In Murray’s most recent French Open match, he lost in five sets to Wawrinka in the 2017 semifinals.

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