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.”
But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.
She retired from her last pre-French Open match with a right thigh injury and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.
Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, the No. 4 seed and Wimbledon champion, are the top challengers in Paris.
No. 3 Jessica Pegula, the highest-seeded American man or woman, was eliminated in the third round.
No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, is the best hope to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seleswon the 1996 Australian Open.
But the No. 1 seed is Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who won last year’s U.S. Open to become, at 19, the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first French Open title in 2005.
Now Alcaraz looks to become the second-youngest man to win at Roland Garros since 1989, after Nadal of course.
Alcaraz missed the Australian Open in January due to a right leg injury, but since went 30-3 with four titles. Notably, he has not faced Djokovic this year. They could meet in the semifinals.
Russian Daniil Medvedev, the No. 2 seed, was upset in the first round by 172nd-ranked Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild. It marked the first time a men’s top-two seed lost in the first round of any major since 2003 Wimbledon (Ivo Karlovic d. Lleyton Hewitt).
No. 9 Taylor Fritz and No. 12 Frances Tiafoe are the highest-seeded Americans, looking to become the first U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals since Andre Agassi in 2003. Since then, five different American men combined to make the fourth round on eight occasions.